Coveted power forward Deion James is getting closer to a decision date. The Pima Community College (Ariz.) transfer took official visits, in order, to Fresno State, Colorado State and Washington State, and has one more planned trip to Southern Utah this weekend.
Upon taking his fourth official visit, James will sit down and decide, in all likelihood, among those four finalists. He could set up a fifth visit, but for now, he has no school scheduled.
"Those are my top four right now. They're all pretty even right now," James told InsideTheRams.com after taking an official visit to Washington State. "Each school has their own unique characteristics. All three of them, I really enjoyed the scenery and stuff like that. They're all three good basketball programs and all the coaches are great."
The 6-foot-8 scoring machine averaged 20.6 points, 9.6 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game as a sophomore en route to being named the Division II Player of the Year and becoming Pima's fifth ever NJCAA first team All-American.
The highly recruited playmaker plans to commit and sign in May. With uncertainty whether he takes his fifth visit or not, James is focused on narrowing down his options in the coming weeks.
James' visit to Colorado State two weekends ago was a positive experience for the athletic big man. Player host Nico Carvacho and primary recruiter Jase Herl served as his primary tour guides.
"Fort Collins is a nice place. It's real friendly and it has a calm, collective characteristic to it. It's a really nice place," James said. "We just went around and looked at the school, talked to people about what I would major in. We talked to some people in the athletic department and on the basketball team, the weight coach and the training staff."
CSU's staff has told James they envision him being a big part of the CSU offense if he were to commit.
"Them and the rest of the schools, they pretty much want me to play the same game that I played at in JUCO, but just at a different level. They told me I have a chance to get some good minutes, but I have to put that work in and really want to get better."
Herl's relationship with James has been a big selling point for the Rams.
"He's been supportive, come out to a couple of my games. We've kept close and in contact, pretty much been talking about potentially what can happen at Colorado State with me."
James said academics, overall fit and player development are the factors he is most closely looking at in a school. Colorado State currently has three signees on board for 2017 in transfers Raquan Mitchell (Memphis/South Plains College), Kris Martin (Oral Roberts) and Alonzo Tyson (Cape Fear C.C.).