Prep School Guard Examines Options

The aren't a ton of guards available in the 2008 class, so college coaches are searching the country for uncommitted prospects. Varez Ward is on the available list and he's picked up some high major interest.

At this point in the season college coaches are scrambling to find prospects that fill a need. For a few schools Varez Ward, a 6-foot-3, 195-pound senior, is a guy that could fill a void next season.

"He's definitely been one of our top guys," Lenoir (N.C.) Patterson Prep coach Chris Chaney said. "He's got a very high basketball IQ and really doesn't have a weakness in his game."

"He's very hard to pattern and he's a really tough one-on-one defender and has been really scoring for us," he continued. "He's just been working at his game everyday and trying to get better."

After playing at Montgomery (Ala.) Jefferson Davis last season, Ward, a three-star prospect, opted to take a post grad year at Patterson Prep. The move appears to have been beneficial, as he's picked up interest from some high major schools.

"Recruiting is going good," Ward said. "The schools that are looking at me are Tennessee, Kentucky, Arkansas, Cincinnati, UTEP and UAB. I'm getting a lot of looks."

Ward, who has already taken an official visit to UTEP, said Cincinnati and Kentucky are among the schools recruiting him the hardest and he hopes to take official visits to both schools once the season ends.

"With Cincinnati I just like the way they play and the up tempo style that they run," Ward said. "Kentucky is just an elite program in the SEC and it's close to home."

"They both like him," Chaney said. "Mick Cronin was at our game the other day and Kentucky has been up to our games a couple of times. I don't think he's in any rush to make a decision, but I think after the season is over he'll take a couple of visits."

Ward said he would like to take all five of his official visits, but was unsure which other two schools he wanted to visit.

"I'm just going to take it easy and go on my visits and whichever one is the best I'll make that decision at the end, so I haven't really decided on it.

Ward and the Bulldogs are currently 30-0 and still have a handful of events left, including the National Prep School Elite Eight, which will match up the top eight prep school teams in the Bronx (N.Y.).

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