2012 Introduction: Richard Longrus

The 2012 West Coast class is shaping up to be one of the best classes in recent year and Richard Longrus is one of the top prospects in the class...

Richard Longrus, 6-5 SF Oakland (Calif.) Bishop O'Dowd, is one of the elite prospects in the west for 2012. Longrus has a very good basketball body, with above average athleticism, and a terrific approach to the game. He's already an elite defender and he plays the game with great energy. His outside shot has improved considerably in the last year and he now has range to the three-point line. With continued development, he has a chance to be one of the top prospects nationally in his class.

I spoke with Longrus recently and asked about the schools he has heard from to date.

"I've heard from everyone in the Pac-10 other than Oregon," said Longrus. "Santa Clara, Utah and West Virginia have also been in touch with me."

I asked Longrus if he has a leader at this time.

"No, I'm still wide open," said Longrus.

When asked if he has a feel for which schools have been recruiting him the hardest, Longrus replied "Stanford, Cal and UCLA."

While he doesn't have a current favorite, Longrus did admit to having a favorite school when he was younger.

"I always liked Stanford when I was a kid, just because it's such a great school," said Longrus.

Longrus talked a little about the issues he'll consider when choosing a school.

"Definitely the academics are very important," said Longrus. "The right system also – someplace where they let you play but are still organized. The location isn't really an issue."

Longrus said he has been to the Stanford, Cal and UCLA campuses. He said he may attend some Elite Camps, but isn't sure which ones just yet.

Longrus said he doesn't really have a time frame for picking a school.

"I haven't really discussed it yet," said Longrus. "I'm not really looking to commit early, but if the school is right I guess I could." Longrus said he has a 3.9 GPA.

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