Rumors of Craig Victor leaving Louisiana for a prep school have been floating around for a year. The St. Augustine power forward and No.1 player in the state for 2014 has had all of the top prep powers recruiting him since before his sophomore season.
Victor's AAU coach Greg Holmes, of the New Orleans Elite, confirmed to TSD on Saturday evening that Victor is heading to Findlay Prep in Henderson, Nev.
So what made the final decision for Victor? According to Holmes, it was UNLV's Anthony Bennett, who was drafted No.1 overall by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Draft on Thursday. Bennett also played his senior season at Findlay.
"Craig wouldn't admit it, but I think (Anthony Bennett) was the reason. Anthony Bennett was a back-to-the-basket scorer when he got to Findlay Prep," said Holmes, who has coached Victor since he was 11. "At Findlay, he was able to play small forward and power forward. He was able to develop his perimiter skills. It got him to No.1 in the draft."
That's the route Holmes and Victor's family are hoping that the transfer to Findlay will take him: Findlay to college to the NBA.
"He wants to play at the next level," Holmes said. "He may not, but we want him to have every opportunity."
Holmes said that this summer, while playing on the travel circuit, Victor realized that his true position is as a stretch-4 and an occasional 3. That meant another season in high school, where he would likely play the 5 at St. Augustine, would not be good for his development.
So, how does this affect his college recruiting, especially for LSU?
Holmes said, not much.
"LSU is already a major player for Craig," Holmes said. "He will still be involved with his home state and his family. I will be up there once a month. His mom and dad will be up there once a month. He will be home for holidays and when school is out. Plus, Korey knows how to recruit on the West Coast."
That is Korey, as in new LSU assistant Korey McCray, who was recruiting Victor previously while at UCLA. Holmes went on to give high praise for McCray.
"LSU is getting a guy with a lot of AAU ties," Holmes said. "This means way more to LSU than just Craig. Korey will get LSU involved with players who are No.1 or No.2 in North Carolina, Georgia and other states.
Victor is considering LSU, Kansas, Ohio State, Kentucky, Arizona, among others.
"Everybody is knocking at his door and he is rocketing up the charts," Holmes said.
For prep school, Holmes said that Victor also considered Montverde (Fl.), Arlington (Fl.) Country Day and Hargrave (Va.) Military Academy.
At Findlay, he will be reunited with childhood friend and former AAU teammate Kelly Oubre of Houston, who is formerly from the New Orleans area. Oubre announced last week that he would be transferring to Findlay.
For more on the Victor transfer, head over to the TSD message board to get the take on the situation from TSD's Matt McCurdy and Ben Love.
Victor headed to Findlay Prep
Victor transferring to Findlay Prep
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