TT Baltimore Hoops Tour: Kodye Pugh

BALTIMORE, Md. -- Among the most promising, young up-and-comers in Charm City's next wave of hoops talent is Boys' Latin sophomore forward Kodye Pugh.

BALTIMORE, Md. -- Among the most promising, young up-and-comers in Charm City's next wave of hoops talent is Boys' Latin sophomore forward Kodye Pugh.

Long known for its lacrosse (and they are the No. 1 team in the nation), this lanky, 6-foot-7, 180-pound Pugh is helping put BL's hoops program more on the athletics' map these days.

This winter he averaged 14 points and seven rebounds a game, and so far an array of top colleges are in touch with the top student-athlete.

Maryland, Harvard, Princeton, Stanford, Texas, Syracuse, Northwestern and others are in contact or have been through the gym to see the 3.8 GPA student, who said he may study architecture at college.

"I think I was versatile this season. And I was a big man who can handle the ball and bring it up the floor. I could score a lot of ways to help my team a lot," said Pugh, who envisions himself as a college wing.

Said his AAU coach Bub Carrington of Baltimore Elite AAU:

"Kodye....if he wins the genetic lottery he could be special. Because he wears size 17 shoes... he designed our new [team] logo, he is an accomplished artist... just very, very smart.

"On the court he is rangy, he has a 7-foot-3 wingspan. Freakishly athletic, and he doesn't even know how athletic he is yet. But again, he's still just 15 years-old, a legitimate sophomore, so the sky is the limit with him."

Growing up, Kansas was his childhood favorite, "As I just liked their game, watching them play. I enjoyed that a lot."

On Maryland, which he visited a few times unofficially this season for games, Pugh said:

"That's a great school. I felt really proud when they contacted me and give me an opportunity. I went to the game against Syracuse, and the Virginia game as well. It was crazy, the fans are crazy, they are so involved in the game. And the players show that love back," Pugh said.

Pugh also tripped to Syracuse for its overtime thriller against Duke this season.

Last week, Northwestern came through the gym, among others, to see Pugh.

Pugh is a smooth and diverse wing with the ability to put it on the floor, as well as face and knock down jumpers. He can get to the rim, but he needs to continue to add strength to his wispy frame to finish better among the beef inside. He's got arms that seemingly go on forever, with the ability to get in the passing lanes and disrupt things with his length.

"I just want to get bigger, get stronger. Work on my ball-handling, I can always improve that, and my shot. And then get more quicker on defense," Pugh said of his summer focus.

Pugh was at Spalding a year ago before transferring to BL.

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