Julian Royal Likes Four Schools

Julian Royal is one of the main cogs on the Milton (GA) high school reigning 5-A champions that just might be the top-rated team in the U.S. come basketball season. His father, Charles, is intimately involved in his son's recruiting and Scout.com talked to both of them.

This past weekend 100 of the top recruits in the country were invited to Charlottesville for the NBA Top 100 Camp. "It was lots of fun and there was lots of competition," said Julian Royal. "In addition to the individual training we played two games each day of the camp."

Now that the NBA Top 100 Camp is over Julian has other camps on his schedule. "I have the Amare Stoudamire Camp this week in Chicago and then the LeBron James Skills Academy in Akron next month."

While all this has been going on Julian has been getting a lot of attention on the recruiting front. "I have been talking to Coach (Darryl) LaBarrie at Georgia Tech a lot; there's been a lot of communication."

Julian's dad had come to the conclusion that Julian wants to play in the Southeast. I think we've come to the conclusion that Julian wants to play in the Southeast so, in essence, we've eliminated some schools, at least in our minds."

Julian has put together a preferred list. "In no particular order I like Georgia Tech, Wake Forest, Georgia, and Alabama." Northwestern is a long shot for Julian and Oregon State is an even longer shot because of the distance from home.

Julian has been staying active and is using a personal trainer. "I was down at Tech last week and my personal trainer set me up to play with a bunch of guys including some Tech players and guys I know." Julian enjoyed playing against the college players who were older, bigger, and stronger. "They invited me back and the whole thing is unsupervised and just us playing some ball."

His personal trainer has been working on several things with Julian. "He wants me to get bigger and stronger, more explosive in my first step, and work on my ability to handle the ball." The workouts have been working as Julian is now 6'8"-225.

Julian's AAU summer schedule won't be as busy as he had hoped. His team didn't qualify for the Nike Peach Jam in North Augusta. "We may play in a national AAU tournament in Indianapolis, The Super Showcase, and we've begun scrimmaging at high school."


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