|This story originally published on ScoutHoops.com|
Khris Middleton, a 6-foot-6 member of the Class of 2009 is popping up on radar screens in different leagues, at different levels this spring. The Charleston (S.C.) Porter Gaud small forward doesn’t turn 17 until the beginning of senior year and his father believes age is a factor in his development.
“He’s a young kid, he matured late,” said James Middleton. “He also goes to a very stringent academic school and that’s something we’re very proud of. He works hard on and off the court.”
On the court, Middleton averaged 21 points as a junior. He’s careful not to let the size 17 sneakers he sports touch the 3-point line. It’s behind the arc where he’s becoming a weapon.
Middleton feels like the college 3-point line, which is being moved further back, shouldn’t be a deterrent with his stroke. “I don’t think it will at all. I feel that its just two inches and I think I can shoot from that far back.”
Most of the schools recruiting him envision him as a small forward or potential shooting guard down the line if he improves on a few things. “It’s defense and foot speed,” Khris Middleton. That’s one of the weaknesses of my game and I need to work harder to get better at it.”
Coming into the spring, High Point was his lone offer. Things are starting to change and programs are diving in on him. “The longest and hardest has probably been St. Joseph’s, Charlotte and South Carolina,” his father said.The list of programs that have contacted Middleton is long and distinguished. Texas A&M, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Southern Cal, Michigan, Marquette, Temple, Nebraska would like to schedule visits. In-staters Charleston and Furman would certainly like to have him.
As of two weeks ago, Middleton had been on South Carolina’s and Virginia Tech’s campuses. “The new guys, they’re saying how much they love my game and they’re interested in how I shoot the ball and they want me to come visit campus as soon as possible.”