Shaun Liningston

Shaun Livingston ranks as one of the elite guards in the Class of 2004. He's kept a pretty tight lid on his recruitment so far this year, but we caught up with him on Sunday to find out what's going on.

Livingston's Recruitment Moving Slowly

Shaun Livingston has his high school team in the Illinois Super Sectionals for the first time since 1989. In the coming week he'll be announced as an all-state performer and he's averaging 16 points, 5 assists and 2 steals a night. Life is good for Livingston.

The 6-6 point guard is clearly one of the top three guards in his class. His numbers simply don't do his talent level justice. "As far as scoring and assists, I'll be able to contribute more next year. I'm still doing my thing, hitting the occasional 20-point game here and there."

He's emerged as a priority recruit for a number of schools, though Livingston has been slow to jump into the recruiting process. "I'm just enjoying the season and our success. After this week I'll start looking into things. I want to have I'd say around a Top 10 [list] or even lower at the end of the school year. It's kind of tough having to deal with schools, telling them you're looking at them and really not. I'm not into that."

Livingston said that Illinois, Arizona, Duke, Kansas, Louisville and Florida have been on him the hardest. But, he also acknowledges that Kentucky, Indiana, Connecticut, DePaul and Michigan State have been by to see him this year.

Livingston has yet to take the SAT so he can't make official visits just yet.

Livingston is a wizard when it comes to passing the basketball so it's no surprise to hear him mention the importance of playing in a system that allows for creativity. "I like to play up and down," Livingston said. "I like to run. I want to get the ball and run and make things happen in transition. I like the run and gun but not all run and gun. Defense is a priority and I like freedom to create."

The future all-stater was creative in the 2003 ABCD All-Star game where he starred with guards like Sebastian Telfair and Darius Washington. The pair seems to snag most of the spotlight, but Livingston is certainly worthy of mention in that group. "You can come in as an underdog [of that group]. They get all the attention. It's good to know that at least they respect you. No matter what they might say to the media, I know in my heart they respect me."

And they aren't the only ones.

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