Livingston's Recruitment Coming To An End

The nation's top point guard is slowly seeing his recruitment coming to an end with only one official visit remaining, a decision couuld come as early as late next week.

The Shaun Livingston saga is nearing an end with just one more official visit left to Illinois this coming weekend.

Livingston's grandfather, Frank, who not only accompanied Shaun on his trip to Arizona this past weekend – but also practically raised his grandson – said that the Peoria (Ill.) star point guard is still wrestling with the decision.

"I know he liked it down here," said Frank, who was still taking a couple of extra days in sunny Tucson when reached. "But we still have to go to Illinois next weekend and then we'll sit down and talk."

However, even the diplomatic grandfather seemed to be coming to the realization that his grandson would be going away from home for college – further than Champaign, Ill. Duke still appears to be the front-runner, but the disparity between the Blue Devils and Arizona may have decreased after this past weekend's visit.

"I didn't think about him leaving home until this weekend," Frank said. "Seeing how young (Arizona freshman point guard) Mustafa Shakur looks made me realize that Shaun will be going away after this year."

Lute Olson & Co. did not have Midnight Madness, instead opting to hold something for 5,000 or so fans on Saturday in which the teams scrimmaged.

"They had a good crowd and the players – and Shaun – signed autographs after the game," Frank said.

"I'm not sure exactly how he feels, but I know he got along well with the players," he added. "But it's hard for me to know what he's really thinking right now. He spends time with the players and hangs out with them – and I'm not there."

As for those that maintain that Livingston could be influenced by his father or someone else close to him, his grandfather said that won't happen. He'll receive support from family members, but in the end it'll be the 6-foot-6 guard's decision.

"He told me he was going to take all of his visits and then make up his mind," Frank said. "I don't try and influence him. It's crazy for him to do what I want him to do – or what anyone else wants him to do. He's got to do what he wants to do." Although Shaun's grandfather didn't deny the fact that Reggie Livingston, Shaun's father, is firmly placed in Duke's corner.

"He may be," Frank said. "I don't know for sure. I know he likes Duke, but he also didn't come out to Arizona with us. I imagine if he came out to Arizona, he'd probably feel like I do."

"He liked North Carolina when he went there," he added. "He liked Duke and Arizona. I think what it's going to boil down to is how well he likes the guys on each team."


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