Four-star forward plans Clemson visit

Oliver Purnell and company are hot on the trail of another top-ranked national prospect.

Scout.com four star small forward Casey Prather has Clemson among his top schools after narrowing his list of some of 15 high major offers.

Rated as the No. 9 class of 2010 small forward, Prather, who's from North Side HS (TN), is scheduled to make his second visit Tigertown on Sept. 5. On Wednesday night, he told CUTigers.com that he's high on Clemson.

"I like the style of play and the coaching staff," he said. "I just love the buildings on campus."

Along with Clemson, Prather is also considering Michigan, Florida, Vanderbilt, Memphis and Kentucky. They're in no particular order right now.

A source extremely close to Prather told CUTigers.com he would fit right in at Clemson.

"He's extremely athletic, a great slasher. But he's shooting it well now. He can get his own shot. He scores a bunch of different ways," the source said. "Initially, he had this reputation of just being a good athlete. His game has really expanded.


Oliver Purnell and the Clemson coaching staff signed the No. 11 recruiting class in the nation this year according to Scout.com.
"He's a high level defender. After that Vince Carter Nike camp, (someone) noted that he's arguably the best wing defender in the country. He really does everything—kind of fills the stat sheet."

Prather sells out on the defensive end as hard as he does on offense because he believes it's just as important to prevent the other team from scoring.

"You can't win not playing defense," he said. "I just take pride in trying to shut my man down."

Having watched a lot of Clemson basketball television over the past couple of years, Prather said he likes what he sees when the Tigers are on.

"That pressing style and everything— I like it," he said.

Looking to sign before his high school season starts, Prather said he'll consider academics, coaching staff and style of play as his deciding factors.

He's been measured without shoes at 6-5.5 and has a wing span that His about 6-10.

"With the pressure style, he's a good fit (at Clemson) as far as what they do,' the source lose to Prather told CUTigers. "Athletically, I think that's where they see him, as a real menace on the press. He gives them that athletic wing guy.

"They're definitely in serious consideration. I'd say they're up towards the top… that's my guess."

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