KY Tour: Fant & Shanklin Get Early Interest

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – The first day of our three-day road trip through the state of Kentucky began at Bowling Green (Ky.) Warren Central to evaluate a pair of 2011 prospects – George Fant and Jordan Shanklin.

George Fant and Jordan Shanklin are starting to build their reputations, not only in the state, but also nationally, as a number of programs have already been in to see the talented duo.

Fant, a 6-foot-6 forward, at this point, is more of a post player, but he's capable of attacking from the perimeter at times. For now he's at his best around the rim and is extremely active, especially offensively.

"I'm strong post player," Fant said. "At times I can step out and shoot the three and take defenders off the dribble a little bit."

According to Fant, he's already heard from Kentucky, Xavier, Cincinnati, South Carolina, Western Kentucky, VCU and Akron. The hometown team, Western Kentucky, is the only school that has offered to date.

"It's pretty fun, but you get used to it," he said of the recruiting process. "After a while you get used to it and the more colleges come in the more fun it makes it."

"I didn't really expect," he continued. "I never knew it would be like this. Ever since the AAU season was over it's been like this."

Fant, who played some with the D-1 Greyhounds and Nashville Celtics last year, has taken unofficial visits to South Carolina, Kentucky, Western Kentucky and Xavier. Although it's early, he's beginning to take interest in a few schools.

"I'm feeling Xavier," Fant said. "It's just the coaching. I like Coach [Chris] Mack. I haven't met the head coach yet, but their coaching seems real good and I liked the way they handled their run to the Elite Eight. I just like the way they play. I like Kentucky and I'm liking Western too."

Warren Central's point guard, Jordan Shanklin, is a Division I player as well. The 5-foot-9, 160-pounder has had his fair share of college programs express interest too. He mentioned VCU, WKU, Xavier, Louisville, Purdue and Evansville.

"It's been pretty nice at a young age to get recruited by all of these schools," Shanklin said. "It's a little overwhelming at times, but it's something you get used to."

Over the summer Shanklin showcased his skills with Indiana Elite-Team Indiana. A solid lead guard, Shanklin has a quick first step, can shoot it from deep and appears to have a good feel for the game.

This coming season Shanklin, a 2011 prospect, will play a major role for Warren Central. The talented lead guard said he plans to push the ball every opportunity he gets.

"I just like to push the ball and get down here and make something happen on the offensive end, whether it be a pull up jumper or a spot up three," Shanklin said. "I try my best to get back on defense."

Although they are a young team, with Fant and Shanklin leading the way, Tim Riley's squad should be one of the better teams in the state of Kentucky.

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