Ridley Raises Stock In July

The mid-west has been buzzing about Cameron Ridley's strong play. He didn't disappoint in Las Vegas and now college programs are starting to turn up the heat.

Two weeks ago Cameron Ridley and the Houston Hoopstars were tucked away in an offsite high school participating in the adidas Super 64.

Scott Drew was there, as was Rick Barnes, Mark Turgeon and Mark Few. Throw in assistants from Oklahoma, Arizona and a host of other schools and the 6-foot-10, 240-pound big man had quite a crowd.

Word had circulated throughout he July period that Ridley, a standout at Richmond (Tex.) George Bush, was making moves. The word was the 2012 prospect was among the to centers in the class.

On that particular day, Ridley didn't disappoint. Putting together one of the best single game performances this analyst saw the entire summer. From blocking shots to rebounding to scoring on the block, Ridley seemed to have it all covered.

"I've been getting a lot better," Ridley told Scout.com. "Last year I didn't really play basketball, well I played, but I really wasn't that good. When I joined the Houston Hoopstars coach [Keith] White got me a lot better. He's pretty much a post coach."

White, who is training Ridley, echoed similar thoughts.

"He is improving a lot," he said. "I think he puts in a lot of work, mater of fact I know he does. He really works at what he's trying to do. I'm trying to get his skill level better. I just think there's so much in front of him right now. I think he can be a special player."

To go with his size, Ridley has a massive wingspan, is a solid athlete and gets up and down the floor pretty well. While a jump hook over his left shoulder appears to be his move of choice, he has a mid-range jumper as well.

"I block a lot of shots and I rebound," Ridley said when asked to describe his game. "Offensively I usually shoot my jump hook, use my drop step and shoot short inside jumpers."

This time last year, Ridley said his college interest was limited. Now the interest is endless.

"It's different because last year I wasn't getting all of these calls," Ridley said. "It's exciting."

Ridley claims offers from Utah, Oklahoma, Texas, Baylor, Texas A&M, Arizona and UNLV.

"It's going good," he added about his recruitment. "I'm talking to most of the colleges that I've wanted to. The schools that are coming the hardest are [Texas) A&M, Baylor, Texas, Oklahoma and Arizona."

To date, Ridley, who is currently rated as a four-star prospect and No. 6 on the 2012 center list, has only visited Texas. But he may take another trip in the near future.

"I've been to Texas and I've talked to their coaches," Ridley said. "I've been on an unofficial visit in the middle of the summer to Texas."

"I may to go to Baylor because it's close," he added.

While the offers are pouring in, Ridley is still in the beginning stages of his recruiting process.

"Right now I'm probably not going to make my decision until my senior year," Ridley said. "I'm just trying to get to know the coaching staffs of the different schools."

With AAU season complete, Ridley will now focus on getting back in the gym. Prior to that he'll head to Chicago (Ill.) this weekend for the adidas Nations event.

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