Kilpatrick Scoring On & Off The Court

Some guys don't figure it out in time. Academics are the route to getting into college. Sean Kilpatrick, to his credit, seems to be righting the ship in time to get on campus next fall.

A few months ago when we connected with White Plains (N.Y.) High senior shooting guard Sean Kilpatrick the circumstances were different. Kilpatrick, at the time, copped to needing extra academic help and wasn't sure he could qualify.

Earlier this week we re-connected with Kilpatrick and the good news is he's heading in a different direction in the classroom. What happened? What prompted him to get serious in the classroom?

"When I saw my friends signing and they were going to be playing, I figured I should be right there because I'm as a good as them," Kilpatrick told Scout.com.

Listen to Kilpatrick now and he's thinking college next fall. "Anything's possible. Most likely you'll see me playing in '08."

Still, some programs must be reluctant to offer him a scholarship. Acquiring a good player is important, getting him to campus is where the value lies. Kilpatrick's message to coaches is straightforward: "It's not tough for them to offer. They know I'm going to wind up qualifying and they know I'll get the job done."

On the court, Kilpatrick's getting it done to the tune of 27.5 points a night. The 6-foot-4 senior recently toppled the 1,000 point scoring mark for his career.

St. John's, George Washington, Seton Hall and Cincinnati are interested. He visited St. John's unofficially last week and Manhattan previously. Kansas State head coach Frank Martin was on campus this week and Xavier dispatched an assistant Tuesday night.

"Basically the decision is based on what's comfortable for me: where do I want to be? Which is going to help get me the farthest? Wherever the opportunity is."

Wherever he winds up it's good to hear a player talk about being inspired by his peers to get it done for himself in the classroom.

" I would say my confidence changed a lot more. I wasn't focused. I looked at it and said it's about that time. I'm into study halls and I talk to my teachers a lot more about my situations." "That's how it started. I knew coming into the season what my predicament was. I knew I was going to go harder. It was going to be on me this year. I'm more comfortable this year. I'm a lot more calm.


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