Kentucky staying interested in Fields

The summer is the time for evaluation. And for many high major programs like Kentucky it's a chance to scout such players like Levance Fields, the cagey 5-foot-11, 204-pound point guard from Xaverian High School in Brooklyn.

Fields, who missed the Rumble in the Bronx because of an high ankle sprain that put him out for a couple weeks, has shown no lingering effects from the injury. If anything, he's looked extremely sharp and composed out of the floor.

"I feel like I felt before I sprained the ankle," said Fields. "I suffered a high ankle sprain in New Orleans(at the Memorial Day Classic), and basically they told me to ice it and take care ot it. But I've felt good."

Fields played exceptionally well in the early stages of the camp, and his play has been strong throughout. Levance is doing what he does best -- penetrating, breaking down defenders, getting in the lane, and creating for others. He's looked great in transition, making good decisions and shovelling off passes to open teammates. He's shot the ball with confidence throughout the camp, be it from mid-range or from behind the arc.

There are players out there who are quicker and more athletic, but Fields has shown the toughness and mental edge that made him one of New York City's best throughout his high school season. He looks like he needs to get into a little bit better shape, which is probably, at least in some part, related to the injury, but clearly he has performed extremely well in Indianapolis.

"I've just been trying to play hard, basically, and work hard on every possession," said Fields. "There are a lot of good players here, so I've been trying to get other people involved, but I've also gotten some scoring going."

Levance has gotten strong interest several division one program. The Big East schools have been recruiting Fields very hard recently while other schools outside the New York area are taking an interest in evaluating him this summer -- including the Kentucky program. Expect a number of high majors to give him a hard look after this week's performance. "St. John's, Pittsburgh, South Florida, and Miami are recruiting me the hardest," said Fields. "And I just got involved with Boston College. I'm open to all schools."

St. John's, Pittsburgh, and South Florida have offered, according to Fields. "I am also interested in Kentucky, Rider and Hofstra," Fields said.

If he continues this type of play, chances are that Fields will have a chance to play for a number of different programs. Next up for Fields will be the Peach Jam in North Augusta, South Carolina, with the New York Gauchos. The Gauchos will also compete at the Super Showcase and the AAU Nationals, both in Orlando later in the month. Mike Sullivan will be down in Orlando for coverage and will report back to this site on the level of Kentucky's interest.

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