Winning attracts schools for Weatherspoon

J.D. Weatherspoon has grown accustomed to winning. Not only did his Northland High School team win an Ohio state championship last season, but his Ohio All-Red AAU team won a national championship this summer. He is pretty confident that all of his success will be attractive to top college coaches.

J.D. Weatherspoon has grown accustomed to winning.

Not only did his Northland High School team win an Ohio state championship last season, but his Ohio All-Red AAU team won a national championship this summer. He is pretty confident that all of his success will be attractive to top college coaches.

"I play on teams that win and college coaches love winners," Weatherspoon said. "They came to watch my game when I was playing real well so I have a lot of recruitment going on (now)."

Although he admits that he is more of a role player on his AAU team, it certainly hasn't stopped some of the top programs in the country from recruiting him. Ohio State, Xavier, Maryland, and VCU have all already offered, while Florida, West Virginia, Miami, and Connecticut are also heavily pursuing him.

The 6-foot-6 three-star small forward won't start visiting schools until school starts on August 27th, but don't expect too late of a decision.

"I'll probably make a decision after my birthday on September 1st," he said. "I'll probably decide about two or three weeks after my birthday."

At the Nike Jamboree AAU event, Weatherspoon met and befriended point guard Terrell Stoglin. The two discussed playing together and Stoglin committed thereafter to Maryland. But just because Stoglin is going to Maryland doesn't guarantee he will also, he says.

"When we first meat at the Nike Jamboree we were talking about going to the same school," he said. "But wherever I go (as long as) I make a good decision for me then he will be there for me."

Weatherspoon, who is being recruited by Coach Booth as a "two or three man," says he likely will major in sports management. The most important factor for him though is the relationship between the head coach and his players.

"(I'm interested) how the coaches react to the players and how the players react to the coaches," he said. "(I'm interested) if they are having fun."

While known for his high energy and incredible ability to dunk the ball at all times, he is hoping to become a more well-rounded player this summer with hard work in shooting and with lateral quickness. All of the hard work can in part be attributed to a dream most high school players have.

"If I can do it, then I would love to be a McDonald's All-American," he proclaimed.


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