Orton Looking to Start

Sounds like playing time will be a big factor in the eventual school choice for Oklahoma City's big man Daniel Orton. Phog.net's Eric Bossi with the latest on Orton's recruitment, inside.

For the past few days, Daniel Orton has been hitting the floor with his Athlete’s First teammates at Nike’s Peach Jam in North Augusta, South Carolina. Last week, the 6-9 big man from Oklahoma City (OK) Bishop McGuiness was balling at the LeBron James Skills Academy.

While there, the hulking shot blocker re-iterated his desire to wait until the spring to announce his college decision.

“I’m going to make my decision in the late signing period,” said Orton. “I’ll wait until the spring because it’s going to take me a long time to weigh my options and sort through the schools.”

Orton also announced that he had settled on a particular list of schools from which he would choose his college destination.

“I’ve got it down to seven,” said Orton. “Kentucky, Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas, UCLA, Connecticut and Ohio State.”

The well built 260 pounder has earned a reputation as one of, if not the best, the top shot blockers in high school basketball. An above average rebounder with giant hands, Orton is also plenty skilled as a scorer and among the best passers in the class of 2009.

Given his abilities, Orton should be able to make an early push for playing time as a freshman. In fact, playing time is a huge factor in his decision and he wants to be sure that there will be plenty available wherever he lands.

“Playing time will be a big factor,” said Orton of his decision. “I want somebody to tell me I’m going to start and I’m looking forward to starting as a freshman. I think I can back that up.”

Speaking specifically about the Jayhawks, Orton said that there were a few things that stood out.

Bill Self especially stands out,” Orton told Phog.Net. “They have the tradition there and the fans there are really good fans.”

Orton is also high on other members of the Jayhawk coaching staff.

“Danny Manning has actually done most of the recruiting,” said Orton. “I also talk to Bill Self because my mom and him got real close when he recruited my brother Terrence. But, Danny Manning has been doing most of the recruiting and I’m real interested in potentially working with him.”

With a few more weeks left in his club basketball career, Orton is looking to finish strong and takes all of the attention devoted to his recruitment in stride. For now, it’s not something that is getting to him, but he does admit that the recruiting process could wear him down. In fact, he’s already looking forward to when he does make a final decision.

“I think eventually it’s going to wear on me,” said Orton. “It’s starting to get to me now. But, when I do get to the point where I can make my decision I’m going to be ecstatic so I’m willing to wait.”

Phog.net Top Stories