Singleton names top schools, cuts list

We spoke to Chris Singleton on Thursday and got the latest on how his recruitment is developing. We got a couple of surprises. Click the link inside and see who Chris says are his top schools and also see who he has eliminated.

Chris Singleton said Thursday that, at this snapshot in time, Georgetown, Tennessee, LSU and Florida State (in no particular order) are at the top of his list, commanding his highest level of interest. Kentucky, Singleton says, is just a notch below the top four but "could move up after a visit to Lexington," according to the big man. North Carolina and South Carolina are schools that are still hanging in there as considerations as well.

Chris said that he has no ongoing interest in Cincinnati, Louisville, Miami or Georgia Tech, which had been schools associated with his recruitment until today.

Singleton said Kentucky may very well move up his list once he has visited the campus, "I am planning to visit Kentucky. I don't have a date yet," Singleton said, "it's just a matter of me picking up the phone and calling them for a visit."

The Dunwoody High School product said he was looking forward to visiting Lexington, "I hear they have nice facilities," he said, "I really want to go check it all out. I'd like to even sit in on a class and see what that is all about."

The 6-foot-8 Georgia forward said that the Wildcats have been working hard to get his attention since the Kingwood tournament in Las Vegas, "I have been pretty much seeing them wherever I go," he said. "But then again, I have also been seeing Coach Pearl (of Tennessee) and the other coaches as well.'

The Atlanta Celtics AAU program superstar said that he has already made unofficial visits to LSU and Florida State, and plans to attend the Georgia-Tennessee football game in the fall while visiting the Vols unofficially. "I am pretty interested in that visit. Coach Pearl has been a coach that I have developed a respect for. He is a coach that is going to take good care of you like one of his own kids when you get there. I know my family would appreciate that."

Singleton has not visited the Georgetown campus, though he still lists them among his top four, "It's their style of play that I find very attractive," he says, "I have been watching them the past couple of years and I think their style of play really suits me well."

Despite growing up in Georgia, Singleton said it was not the local schools he followed growing up, "I actually followed Kentucky and North Carolina more than anyone growing up," Singleton said, "but I can't let those kinds of things play a major factor in what I decide."

Chris said that he expects to be fully academically qualified and that he hopes to be able to make a decision by fall, but will not rule out a spring commitment, "I'd like to get the decision out of the way this fall," he said, "but depending on who and when I visit and how things develop, I may wait until winter."

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