Tigers Interested in GA Center

Coach Oliver Purnell and his staff continue to recruit against the best.

Atlanta big man Jordan Hill is a fast riser in the class of 2006.

Currently, he is scheduled to visit Arizona this weekend and admits that he could pull the trigger early in the process.

"If I like it in Arizona I am thinking about committing to them. I might make my decision very soon if the visit goes well."

If he does not commit, he has a lengthy list of suitors. He says he is hearing a lot from Clemson, Miami, Virginia Tech, Virginia, Illinois, Ohio State, UMass, Xavier, Vanderbilt, South Florida, Georgia Tech, Georgia State and Georgia in addition to the Wildcats.

"Right now my favorites are Arizona, Virginia, Xavier and Clemson," Hill admitted.

Hill is actually quite surprised by how much attention has come in recent weeks. He blew up at the Kingwood Classic after a huge game against a talented Houston Swoosh club. "I am surprised," Hill admitted. "I played good but I can play harder."

By talking to Hill you can tell he is still getting used to being in the recruiting spotlight. He still discusses schools and himself from an academic standpoint first, then as a basketball player. When asked what his strengths were he asked if I wanted to know if I meant as a person or as a basketball player. His needs in a school were in a similar fashion.

"I am looking for a good academic school," Hill stated. "If I go for basketball I want a good coach. I am also looking for friendly people and a friendly place."

One of the best things about Hill is that he is coachable. He knows he has a lot to learn and is eager to do so.

"Before the summer is over with, because he will listen and he's a gym rat, he could break into the Top 25 easily," said Hill's AAU coach Gary Graham.

Scout.com Hoops Expert Dave Telep agrees, giving Hill four stars and feels he is a legit high major prospect.

"Hill will undoubtedly be in the next Top 100 list we release," Telep confirmed.

Right now Hill just wants to keep learning the game and getting better. His ball handling is one aspect he has stressed as being a very important part of his game to improve.

Hill will be a senior in high school, but will be a member of the 2006 recruiting class as he will attend prep school in an effort to tighten up the academics and improve his on-court skills.

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