Interest still flowing in for York

If there's one certainty about the future of Gabe York, it's that he will have no shortage of options when the time comes for him to make a decision on his college destination.

The offer list at his disposal continue to grows from week to week, and bears the names of some of the sport's heavy hitters, including the likes of Arizona, Arizona State, California, Marquette, Oklahoma, Stanford, USC, Washington and more. Most recently, Kansas, Notre Dame and UCONN have officially become involved in the sweepstakes for his services by offering scholarships of their own.

One might think it would all become a little overwhelming to most teenagers, but York takes it in stride. In fact, he's hoping his play on the AAU circuit in the spring and summer months ahead will earn him even more interest - particularly from the east coast.

"It's just a big honor, just how everybody is talking to me now," he said. "I want to get a couple more ACC schools talking to me."

As expected of one receiving so much early interest, York's abilities on the court are prolific. An explosive athlete with deep range on his jumper, he has long been known as someone capable of filling up a scoresheet. But last weekend in Las Vegas at the Fullcourt Press Easter Classic, the 6-foot-3, 170-pound shooting guard from Orange (CA) Lutheran High School showed that his game is continuing to evolve and mature.

Here's what Scout.com analyst Josh Gershon had to say about his play on Day One of the event:

"In the past, there have been times when Gabe York would fill up the scoreboard, but in the process there would be some bad shots and inconsistent effort. Both areas were improved on Friday. York really spurred a second-half comeback for his team by playing hard the entire time out and that led to several easy baskets for the (Compton) Magic. He also did a good job working without the ball, another area that was sometimes missing from his game a year ago. York is talented, but much of his success moving forward will depend on his approach to the game. He showed he was serious Friday and it was good to see."

York is proud of the strides his game has taken in the past year, because he knows how much work it has taken to get where he is today. By focusing on improving his ball-handling, help-side defense and his motor, he kicked off his final AAU season in style.

York credited Magic coach Etop Udo-Ema for challenging him to take on more responsibility out on the court.

"Coach (Etop Udo-Ema) brought that upon me, that I needed to do everything," he said. "Not just score and play defense, I have to take my game to another level. The coaches said I did that, and I felt like I did that, too."

With the hectic AAU season now in full swing, York still hopes to be able to take visits to a number of schools in the near future. Having already visited local programs like Stanford, UCLA and USC, he wants to get a first-hand look at the other schools on his list.

On the weekend of April 29, the Magic will travel to Lawrence, Kan. for the Jayhawk Invitational tournament, affording him the opportunity to get a good look at one of his most recent offerees.

"Etop, he's one of my AAU coaches, he's scheduled an unofficial visit to Kansas," York said. "So when I get up there I'm going to go look at the campus and talk to the coaches."

As to the decision itself, the athletic guard prospect has a soft deadline in place of the end of the AAU season. However, should that deadline come and go without a choice being made, York won't sweat it.

"If I don't make a decision by then, I want to wait until after high school basketball my senior year, just so I don't have any distractions," he said. "My team deserves better than that - my high school team deserves better than that."

"It's not about where I am," York added, of whether location would play a factor. "I just want to be where the coaches are going to take care of me, and I'll be able to play basketball to the best of my ability."


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