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6'7 Octavius Spann Lists U of L in Top Five

Multi-skilled forward Octavius Spann is ready to explode onto the national stage this spring. His recruitment is beginning to take shape and Louisville is clearly in the hunt for the Peach State prospect.<p> <B>BONUS<br><li><a href=""><b>Spann Talks About Favorites</b></a>

Each spring, a few prospects always seem to emerge from the AAU circuit and in the process witness their stock skyrocket on the national level.

As is the case, keep your eye on 6-foot-7 Octavius Spann of Banneker High School in College Park, Georgia during the next few months. Spann, a talented and multi-skilled prospect, averaged 21 points, 13 rebounds, and 5 assists as a junior and continues to improve at a rapid pace.

According to Spann's high school coach, Hollis Bethea, the talented forward's top five includes Georgia, Kentucky, Kansas, Louisville, and North Carolina.

"Those are all places Octavius would like to visit," Bethea said. "And he'll visit Louisville either this spring or next fall."

Of the five schools that currently sit atop Spann's list, Bethea said no leaders have emerged from the pack yet.

"They're all right there even with each other," Bethea said. "He wanted to finish up his season before he began concentrating on his recruitment."

After those first five schools on Spann's list, programs like Cincinnati, Georgia Tech, Indiana, Tennessee, and Clemson factor into the mix.

"He definitely has interest in Louisville," Bethea said. "Everytime I've talked with their coaches they seem to indicate they'll offer. That's what it sounds like to me."

What makes Spann such an intriguing prospect is his combination of size and skills. At 215-pounds, he has the strength to finish around the basket but also possesses the athleticism and skill to make plays on the perimeter, a valuable comodity at any level.

"He can play all five positions," Bethea said. "He's an outstanding wing player and does everything extremely well. He'll probably play wing forward or two guard in college. He has a good outside shot but he needs to work on his consistency from the outside."

Spann will play for the Georgia Stars this spring and summer on the Reebok AAU circuit, including the ABCD camp and the Big Time tournament in Las Vegas.

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