Pritchard Taking His Time

In a world where recruiting is filled with fast technology, and rash decisions, Tom Pritchard is working on his own time. While most recruits like to narrow their list of favorites to three or four, Pritchard is working with a list of seven. Most recruits know exactly what they're looking for in a school, Pritchard is still figuring it out. And that sits just fine with the Ohio power forward.

In a world where recruiting is filled with fast technology, and rash decisions, Tom Pritchard is working on his own time.

While most recruits like to narrow their list of favorites to three or four, Pritchard is working with a list of seven. Most recruits know exactly what they're looking for in a school, Pritchard is still figuring it out. And that sits just fine with the Ohio power forward.

"I'm definitely set on waiting until I've visited everywhere," said Pritchard. "I want to give everybody a chance."

Pritchard's list of favorites is comprised of: Dayton, Miami (OH), Providence, Virginia, Indiana, Penn State, and Bucknell. He is taking unofficial visits to the latter two this weekend. And the rest of his autumn weekends could be filling up fast.

"With Miami, I might take an official," said Pritchard. "I'm still deciding on Providence. Virginia and Indiana (visits) are sometime in September." He has already visited Dayton.

One thing schools visited by Pritchard will not be able to do, is cater to his wants from a college. He is still deciding exactly what those are.

"I'm not sure because I've only visited a couple schools," said Pritchard. "Do I want to go major or mid-major? I'm not really sure yet, I haven't decided. It doesn't push me in any way. I'm just looking for a great school, great fit."

Pritchard added, "One of the main things I'm looking for is a great coaching staff I can get along with."

One school has already missed the cut because Pritchard didn't like what he saw on his visit. That school was Xavier. The reason? Size.

"I'm looking for a little bigger than that," said Pritchard. "That's the only thing I've settled on, medium and big sized schools."

No doubt, all seven schools think they are the great fit that Pritchard is looking for. And on paper, it is easy to see why they want him. At 6'8, 240, he brings not only size, but also good numbers to the table (15 points, 7.7 rebounds).

However, not everything can be quantified by box score statistics. And Pritchard believes it is these intangibles that will bring him success at the next level.

"I'm always composed on the court," said Pritchard. "If we're starting to lose I always have my head up, always fighting, never giving up."

Something else one lucky school will be getting that doesn't show up in stats: a player who, based on his recruitment, makes deliberate, well thought out decisions. And despite the world we live in, that's a good thing.


RedHawk Insider Top Stories