Leaf Talks Recruiting

Butler and others are pursuing 2016 4-star forward T.J. Leaf from El Cajon (CA) Foothills Christian. He talks about his recruitment, season, and playing for his dad.

INDIANAPOLIS (IN) - As the season progresses more and more prospects from the class of 2016 will begin to emerge as teams begin to target prospects across the country. One of the most recruited players in the class of 2016 is El Cajon (CA) Foothills Christian forward T.J. Leaf.

The 6-foot 7 forward has played well in high school, but also on the AAU circuit with the Compton Magic. That success has led to early interest from some of the biggest schools in the country.

"I currently have offers from UCLA, Indiana, San Diego State, and California," Leaf told InsideTheDawgPound.

Leaf is also being recruited by a number of other schools including Arizona, Arizona State, Butler, Oregon, Washington, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Stanford and Purdue.

"Probably Indiana and UCLA," Leaf said are the schools that are recruiting him the hardest. "I like the programs all around, but I am not really sure if there are any favorites. I like the coaches of all of them and how they play."

Leaf has taken visits to Indiana, UCLA, Michigan, San Diego State, and Butler.

Butler was one of his earlier visits this season. The 2016 forward visited Indianapolis for the game against Lamar.

"Coach Lewis took us around campus," Leaf explained,"Then we just talked with the coaches for little bit and then watched the game. It was fun and a good experience. Nothing really stood out to me, but overall it was nice."

Leaf enjoyed his time talking with the coaches at Butler and Coach Lewis has built a solid relationship with Leaf and his family.

"I think we have a pretty good relationship," Leaf said. "I think he is a great coach. He calls every once in a while to talk to my high school coach, who is my dad."

With his father coaching basketball, Leaf has grown up following basketball from an early age.

"I followed San Diego the most, because I live 10 minutes away from them, but I watched basketball all the time," Leaf explained, "So I watched most teams in the country. I like a lot of schools but not really any that are way ahead (of others)."

Leaf plays for his father at Foothills Christian High School and talked a little about that unique experience.

"I like it," Leaf said. "It has helped me develop my game into multiple positions. I think we will have a good year."


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