Phares originally had planned to make a decision before basketball season starts. However, if he does not get a Division I offer, he will wait until the spring signing period. If there is still no Division I offer in the spring, he may commit to Georgetown, go to a prep school, or sign with a junior college. However, Phares has not thought that far in advance yet. Phares said, "I don't know what I will do then. I will cross that bridge when I come to it."
When he does make the decision on a college, he will go to a school with a "good campus, academics, and stuff other than basketball."
A Division I offer may soon be forthcoming soon. He is still getting significant interest. Phares said the schools that are still interested in him are "Colorado, Marshall, Eastern Kentucky, Western Kentucky, Miami (OH), Kent State, and Akron." He is also getting interest from Northern Kentucky, a NCAA Division II powerhouse in Highland Heights, Kentucky. Phares said he spoke with Miami assistant coach Ryan Pedon "two or three weeks ago."
Previously, Phares told RedHawk Insider that Miami, Kent, and Western Kentucky were his top three. Now, Phares has a narrowed his list of leaders to Western Kentucky and Miami.
Phares does not have any official visits planned yet, but believes he will take an official visit at some point with WKU. Phares recently took an unofficial visit to EKU a week ago. About the EKU visit, Phares said, "I liked the campus, the coaches, and the facilities."
Previously, Phares had visited WKU, Miami, and Kent. Phares took his unofficial visit to Miami in early June. Phares previously told RedHawk Insider, "I liked it a lot. I liked this campus, facilities, coaches, and players. I liked everything about it."
Phares indicated that of the schools recruiting him, EKU, WKU, and NKU were recruiting him the hardest. He also noticed coaches from Miami, EKU, and WKU at most of his games in the July AAU season.
Over the spring and summer, Phares' AAU team, Derek Smith All-Stars, went a combined 40-13. In the Super 64 tournament in Las Vegas, his team won its "super pool" (a pool put together with good teams) before losing in tournament play. A few days later in Los Angeles, the Derek Smith All-Stars reached the quarterfinals.
Now that AAU season is over, he is thinking about his high school team. Scott County High School in Georgetown, Kentucky (near Lexington) has two highly touted transfers from Rose Hill Christian. The transfers, Dakota Euton and Chad Jackson, are the considered the two best players in the Kentucky class of 2010. Originally, Kentucky's ruling body declared Euton and Jackson ineligible. However, a recent reversal has declared them eligible. The case is now up to a 16 man panel of the Kentucky Board of Controls.
2010 guard Ge'lawn Guyn is another Scott County product who is reportedly receiving interest from high majors. He too is ranked in the top 5 of the Kentucky 2010 class.
With Phares, Guyn, Euton, and Jackson, Scott County will be one of the top teams in the nation. "My goal is to win the state championship," Said Phares. "And I want to go undefeated, which I think we can do." Phares said Scott County will play in a national holiday tournament in South Carolina.
Phares previously compared himself to Tyson Chandler in that he has "great athletics and can play on the floor." Phares indicates he is a good shooter, can handle the ball well, and is athletic.
Miami sophomore guard Rodney Haddix is a 2007 Scott County graduate. At Miami's Elite Camp in June, Phares said, "I know Rodney real well. Me and Rodney are pretty close. I have known him since middle school. We talk a lot. We got a lot of things in common."
RedHawk Insider will continue to monitor the recruitment of Richie Phares.