Tokoto Stays Busy

While battling with his team for a conference championship, J.P. Tokoto managed to see three high major programs up close last week.

J.P. Tokoto is a busy sophomore.

Not only is he helping Menomonee Falls (Wisc.) High fight for a division crown, he's also traveling the country trying to get a leg up on the recruiting process.

Behind Tokoto's 18 points, 12 rebounds and four assists per game, the Indians are 16-3 overall and 12-0 in their conference.

"We have a big game coming Saturday night to clinch the division," the 6-foot-6, 190-pound wing told Scout.com. "We haven't been division and conference champs since 1993."

While the fight for the conference crown is a prime goal for Tokoto, he's also mixing in college visits in between high school games. Just last week he took a trip to North Carolina to see both UNC and Duke, before following it up with a visit to Kentucky.

Tokoto began the trip by stopping by Duke's Durham (N.C.) campus to see the Blue Devils go through shoot around and talk with their coaching staff.

"We got there early in the day around noon or one and we headed straight over to Duke for their shoot around," Tokoto said. "We watched their shoot around for a few minutes. I talked to coach K because he had to leave soon."

"I also talked to coach [Steve] Wojiechowski and the academic person. He was real cool. He went over the academics and what it took to be a Duke a student and all of the expectations."

Then Tokoto made the short drive to North Carolina where he was able to get a full tour of their campus and take in their big match up with Duke.

"That was awesome," he said of his visit to North Carolina. "I've been there once before for the Bob Gibbons Tournament, but we didn't know where we were going. We were just driving and walking around."

"Then going back it was like, 'Wow, I'm back here,'" he said. "I couldn't believe it. I got to see them for the first time live. What a game to be at. It was awesome. It was North Carolina/Duke. All the records were thrown out the window."

Following the game Tokoto, a five-star prospect in the 2012 class, spent some time with Roy Williams.

"Just talking to coach [Williams] he just seems like a really cool guy," he said. "He's a cool guy. All of the coaches are like that, but I was surprised that the coach from North Carolina and a coach that is so legendary was so down to earth. He was real cool."

After flying home from Carolina, Tokoto scored 19 points on Friday against West Allis before leaving Wisconsin early Saturday morning and heading to Kentucky for their ‘Gameday' match up with Tennessee.

"The first visit I didn't really get to see the campus, so the second visit I got to see the campus and tour the basketball facility and the lodge," he said. "The campus was real nice. I wasn't expecting it to be that big."

While in Lexington, Tokoto, who already has a scholarship offer from the Wildcats, also spoke with Kentucky's head coach.

"I got to talk to coach [Calipari] again and I got to talk to the players," Tokoto said. "It wasn't a short visit, but it was kind of brief. But it was nice though."

"I'm starting to get to know those guys a little better from talking to coach Cal and coach [Orlando Antigua]. I'm getting more comfortable around them and the players. It's been pretty cool."

To go with the offer from Kentucky, Tokoto also has scholarship offers from Marquette, Wisconsin, Indiana, Minnesota, Kansas, Duke, Iowa, Tennessee and Michigan State. Despite the early offers and visits, he's not in a rush with his recruitment.

"I'm pretty much even with everybody," Tokoto said. "I can't play favorites right now because I want to keep my recruitment open. But next year I'm going to put a list together and by the end of my junior year start looking into making a decision."

Now, with those three visits complete, it appears Tokoto, who is ranked No. 4 overall in the 2012 class, will turn his attention back to the high school ranks, as he has just two regular season games remaining.


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