Shaw Hopes For Big Wins In July

Mike Shaw is ready for his last summer on the AAU circuit. The talented four-star prospect said he's willing to do the little things to help the Fire win some events.

Mike Shaw has a few goals for the summer. But it appears winning trumps everything.

"I want to win peach jam this year," Shaw, a standout at Chicago (Ill.) De La Salle, told "I'm ready to get back to the team."

"This is my last go around on the AAU circuit," he added. "Me and the guys have been real dedicated this year. We are playing together and we are playing really well together and I think we can do something special."

Shaw, a 6-foot-8, 220-pound power forward, is coming off a solid NBA Camp where he focused on doing the little things and received rave reviews from his coach at the camp.

He's hoping to continue to carry the intangibles over to the AAU circuit.

"With the Fire I'm the tallest dude on the court, even though I'm not a center," he said. "Somebody has to do it. I have to rebound and do everything else that no one else is going to do.

"It's the same at the camps," he added. "Everyone is trying to get up their shots. I'm not going to be mad out there. I'm just going to play ball. I'm going to rebound, block shots, defend and score if I have to. I'll do whatever it takes to win."

Shaw said playing with the Mac Irvin Fire is easy on him. Surrounded by so much talented, he's not called upon to do all the scoring.

"I'm on the court with people that have the same passion as me," Shaw said. "We are all competitive and I like being around players that are going to play hard every possession and give it there all."

College programs will be out in full force to see Shaw and the Fire. He already has interest from a number of schools, but he's not rushing the process.

"I'm still taking my time with it," Shaw said. "I'm not really trying to rush. I just want to see where I'm going to be comfortable and see where I can get a good education. I want to go somewhere where the coach is going to make me a better player and can get me to the next level."

Among the schools he's hearing from are Illinois, West Virginia, Notre Dame, Texas, Marquette, Tennessee, Louisville, DePaul, Indiana, Michigan State, Wisconsin, UNLV, Southern Illinois, Ohio State, Iowa, USC and Arizona.

"It's still open," he said. "I've been hearing a lot from Michigan State, Marquette, Illinois, West Virginia. I've been hearing a lot from those schools."

As far as visits go, Shaw, a four-star prospect, said he'll likely plan some after July.

"As of now I don't really know. I want to get these camps done. I'm going to go on some."

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