Junior Season A Success For Prather

Casey Prather has certainly made a name for himself. During the spring, he made his presence known as an athletic guy that attacks the rim, now he's trying to add more perimeter skills.

Casey Prather is having a season to remember.

College coaches are filing in and out his gym to see him perform, new scholarship offers show up nearly every day and his team is having a terrific overall season.

The District 14-AA championship game, on Tuesday, was Jackson (Tenn.) North Side's first district loss of the season. Despite the loss, Prather, a 6-foot-5 junior wing, put his perimeter skills on display and went for 36 points, 15 rebounds and four blocks.

"I've just been improving my perimeter skills a whole lot," Prather said. "I've been playing real good. I've been working real hard. Everything feels like it's falling together for me."

Primarily known as a slasher, the athletic Prather said he's spent time working on his ball handling and shooting. The effort in the gym has paid off, as he's averaging 23 points and 11 rebounds per outing and is a finalist for Mr. Basketball in Tennessee.

"I'm a scorer," he said. "I play good defense and I play hard on both ends of the floor. I just do whatever it takes to win."

At his District championship game were two ACC assistant coaches. North Carolina sent Steve Robinson, while Georgia Tech's Peter Zaharia's was in attendance.

Prather's offer list is long and impressive. He currently has full rides from Michigan, Wake Forest, Virginia, Miami, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Mississippi, Alabama, Akron, Southern Illinois, Vanderbilt and "a lot more."

"I get a call just about every night from another coach," Prather said. "It's pretty fun."

To go with his offers, he also has Tennessee, Kentucky, Florida, Stanford and North Carolina trailing him.

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