GU & Patrick McCollum

The bad news is Patrick McCollum is not yet listing Gonzaga as a school that's recruiting him hard. The good news is he is just a junior-to-be and there is a long, long way until he plans to make his decision.

Patrick McCollum, a 6-2 sophomore guard from the state of Washington, is an outstanding scorer and one of the top shooters in the class. He tells us that a few schools from the Pac-10 are currently at the top of his list.

The 6-2 SO PG from Tacoma (Wash.) Mt. Tahoma, is a high-scoring lead guard with a deadly outside shot. We're listing McCollum as a point guard for now, but he might end up at the two down the road. In any event, McCollum is among the more talented guards in the west for 2008.

We spoke with McCollum recently and asked him about the programs that he is interested in as of today.

"Washington, Arizona and UCLA are the main three right now," said McCollum. "I'd also consider Indiana."

When asked what he is looking for in a school, McCollum replied, "I'm interested in becoming a veterinarian, so that's one thing I'd look at," said McCollum. "Early playing time isn't something I'd really look at. I feel you should have to earn your playing time and it should be based on how you work. I also think I want to stay in the west."

When asked if he had a favorite program growing up, McCollum said, "I always wanted to go to Arizona. It seemed like it was a good school."

We inquired if he had a sense of which schools are showing the most interest at this time.

"Washington and Arizona are recruiting me the hardest," said McCollum.

McCollum doesn't see himself making an early decision.

"I'll probably wait until my senior year to pick a school," said McCollum.

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