Pledger "Blows Up" At Boo Williams

Prospects use the spring and summer to catapult their stock and pick up scholarship offers from college coaches. Michigan target Steven Pledger took advantage of his first tournament in 2008.

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It didn’t take long for the first “blow” up of the spring.

Steven Pledger, of Virginia Beach (Va.) Atlantic Shores, started slow during his second game on Saturday, but after missing his first four looks, the 6-foot-4 guard got hot and stayed hot.

“I got my head back into it,” Pledger said. “I couldn’t get down because I was missing. I got my stuff right and started shooting with a little bit more arc and everything started falling.”

He finished with five three-pointers in that game against Albany City Rocks. He then proceeded to lead Boo Williams to a tournament championship that included wins over the Gauchos, Houston Hoops and Athletes First

“On this team I’m a shooter, but I can score in a bunch of different ways,” Pledger said. “I can take it to the rack and score, I can shoot from mid-range and I can dish the ball off to a big man.”

Prior to the event Pledger’s only scholarship offer was from Hampton. By Sunday evening Oklahoma and George Mason had stepped up and offered. He’s also heard plenty from VCU, Michigan, Wake Forest and Virginia Tech.

Thus far he’s taken unofficial visits to VCU and George Mason. Anthony Grant and his staff have been there since the beginning and he said they’ve showed him the most attention so far.

“Everything is open, but if I were to lean anywhere it’d probably be VCU,” he said. “They are just coming really hard.”

College coaches will hit the trail this weekend, but Boo Williams is taking the weekend off. They’ll pick things back up the next weekend at the Next Level event in Dallas (Tex.) and Pledger hopes to reciprocate his performance.

“This summer is going to be big for me,” Pledger said. “It’s make or break.”

So far he's making it.

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