"I just got back from a great camp at Kentucky," said Courtney Fortson, a 5-11, 175-pound guard from The Patterson School in Patterson, N.C. "I had a lot of fun, and they told me I was the best player overall that they had there. I had a chance to talk to most of the coaches there, and they all told me that if I wanted to play for them I could. That was real exciting, to get that from an elite program like Kentucky.
"I talked to Coach Gillispie for a little while and he was impressive. He's a down to earth guy, and he's always going to be up front with you. He seems like he really pushes his players to improve a lot, which is going to be important for me. The biggest thing I consider in my decision is going to be whether I feel like a program and a coach can help me get to the next level. I know they could at Kentucky, so they're real high on my list."
Does that make UK his favorite?
"They're definitely up there, without a doubt. But I'm still looking at schools like Tennessee, Minnesota and Missouri. I really like Coach Pearl's style at Tennessee. I think it would be fun to play in that kind of system, and I'd excel in that up and down game. They're probably up there with Kentucky right now. I'm not going to make my decision until the end of the summer, I'm guessing, so I have a little while to decide."
Fortson has been rated the No. 16 point guard in the country by Scout.com and he brings a lot to the table. While he doesn't have great size, he has a good midrange game and his quickness allows him to penetrate and open things up for his teammates.
"Basically I'm just a real competitive player," he said. "I'm going to leave it all out there every game. I can bring a lot of defensive intensity. I can score, and that's important for a point guard in terms of opening things up."
Fortson, who is left-handed, will work to improve his passing ability during the 2007-2008 season. He was originally from Montgomery, AL, but will attend The Patterson School in this fall.