Putnam City standout Marques Hayden is part of an incredible class of prep players coming out of Oklahoma in 2002.
The 6-foot-7, 230-pound small forward has the ability to play both on the blocks and on the perimeter, having recently extended his shooting range out to 3-point territory. He averaged 18 points, nine rebounds and seven assists last year, figures which have attracted recruiters from all corners of the nation in recent months.
"I've got Tommy Amaker and Michigan coming into the house this week, and Perry Clark from Miami (Fla.)," Hayden said of his busy schedule. "Next week, I'll have OU, Ohio State and Clemson, and I'm talking to several other schools about some visits."
Hayden offered his views on his current Top 5 list:
Kentucky - "I'll start with the Bluegrass State. What can you say? Kentucky is a great school with great tradition. Basketball's life down there. They've got a great team and a great coach."
Oklahoma - "OU is the hometown school, a nice program I've followed. I met coach (Kelvin) Sampson when I was in fifth grade. I got his autograph, and he probably never knew I was going to be one of his recruits someday. But I like the school a lot. They've told me I'd be real important to them playing the '3' and rotate some at the '4'. I'd like to play on the wing."
Michigan - "Coach (Tommy) Amaker is phenomenal. I really like him. I saw what he did at Seton Hall... imagine what he's going to do at Michigan. It's a scary thought."
Clemson - "Clemson's bene recruiting me since I was a sophomore, and I wouldn't mind playing against some of the big schools in the ACC who haven't offered me a scholarship."
Ohio State - "To tell you the truth, I really don't have that much information on them right now. I'm just starting to learn more about them, getting to know coach (Jim) O'Brien."
Hayden said he was "nowhere near" making a decision on his college choice. He plans to make as many visits as possible and weigh all the options.