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
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
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
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