Willie Warren talks recruiting

When Billy Gillispie arrived in Lexington in early April one of the first prospects he spoke to was Texas guard Willie Warren.

Shooting guard Willie Warren is one of the nation's hottest prospects and the talented guard was one of the first prospects to hear from Billy Gillispie.

The 6-4, 190-pound rising senior at North Crowley High School in Fort Worth, Texas has had a busy summer and things won't be slowing down any time soon.

"I just finished up with the USA Basketball Festival and our team won the championship," Warren reported. "I had a pretty rough day this last time out. I shot 1 for 11 from the field so I could have played a lot better. I just let a lot of stuff get to me that I shouldn't have. I got a little bit frustrated and distracted. I've always got to be improving, so even though we won I'll take it as a learning experience. I could have played a lot better."

The day prior to that poor performance, Warren scored 23 points, hitting on a high percentage of his shots, while committing no turnovers. In the coming days he will travel to the Kobe Skills Academy and a camp hosted by LeBron James. From there he will participate in the Nike Peach Jam Invitational. Being tied up with all these camps have meant Warren has had to focus less on recruiting.

"I've been getting text messages from coaches, but I haven't really been replying to any of them," he said. "Right now I'm just concentrating on improving my game and playing against good competition. I know a few new schools have gotten involved. Arizona, Louisville and Marquette are showing a lot of interest and trying to get my attention. But I'm not too worried about recruiting at the moment. I know people are worried about things like rankings or who is coming after me. Right now I don't care where I'm ranked. I don't care if I'm ranked No. 1 or No. 150. Coaches don't look at a guy's ranking, they look at his ability. So I'm doing all I can to develop myself before I get to the college level."

What does Warren think of those schools?

"I mean, I don't have any favorites right now so I'll listen to what they all have to say. There are a few schools that have been recruiting me for a while that I would say are a little bit higher on my list, though."

Since arriving at Kentucky, Billy Gillispie has made Warren a recruiting priority. With stock that's skyrocketing and attention from the nation's top programs the Cats have a lot of work to do. That said, they have put themselves in a great position with the talented Texan.

"Coach Gillispie and I have a close relationship," he explained. "He recruited me when he was at Texas A&M and I know he's really high on me. When he got to Kentucky I was the first guy he got up with, other than (Alex) Legion and (Patrick) Patterson. I really respect him for what he did with Acie Law when he was back at A&M. We've got a real good relationship and Kentucky's program is looking great for the future."

Warren does not know if he will take any more unofficial visits but said after his camps he would consider narrowing his list and to begin scheduling officials. Were Warren to make that decision today, he would be flying in to Lexington one more time.

"I'm not sure where all I would want to visit, but Kentucky is definitely a place I would want to go," he said. "Like I said, I don't really want to talk about favorites right now, but I would take an official up there."

Warren is rated a five-star prospect and has also shown interest in schools like Texas, Kansas, Florida, Oklahoma State, UConn, Arkansas, Indiana, UCLA and Maryland, among others.

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