2011 SG/SF D.J. Gardner Update

Gene's Page did a one-on-one interview with Okolona High School senior two-guard and small forward David (D.J.) Gardner (6-7, 205) Tuesday night about his recruitment, what teams are showing interest in him, who he plans on officially visiting and what he likes about each school he is visiting.

David (D.J.) Gardner Profile Page:

What are your strengths as a player and what are things you are still trying to improve?
"My strengths are shooting the ball, creating my own shot and bringing it down and passing it to the open man. My weakness, according to what I was told during the summer, is my defense, so I'm trying to work on that. I want to prove to people on the internet and people that come to see me that I have been working on my defense."

What schools are recruiting you?
"Auburn, Memphis, Mississippi State, Middle Tennessee, Arkansas State, Ole Miss and UTEP."

Have you taken any unofficial visits?
"I went to Mississippi State to watch the football game when they played Memphis. I wanted to go watch it to see how they were going to be this year. Rob (Elliott) plays for them and we wanted to check him out since he's from Okolona. And I visited Ole Miss last year, my junior year. We went for a little trip up there for the school."

Have you set up any official visits yet?
"Yeah, I set up Arkansas State for Friday (Sept 17-19), next week Auburn (Sept 24-26), the week after that Mississippi State (Oct 1-3), then UTEP (Oct 8-10), then Memphis (Oct 15-17)."

What do you like about each of those schools?
"I like Auburn because they are straight up with me. Memphis is the same way. Mississippi State has been coming to the school lately. Memphis has been on me from the start, ever since last summer. UTEP has just came along and they have been here for a while and talking about me coming in and starting and help me make myself better. Arkansas State told me that if things don't work out with the big schools I can come there. Ole Miss has kind of slacked off of me a little bit. They haven't been calling me and coming to see me lately."

Which of the schools seem to be the most interested in you?
"I would say all of them are."

Do you have any favorites or are you pretty much open?
"Right now, I am kind of wide open because I don't know what I want to do yet. I really don't know."

D.J. has offers from Ole Miss, Memphis, Middle Tennessee, UTEP, Arkansas State, Auburn and Mississippi State.

Gene Swindoll is the publisher of the GenesPage.com website, the source for Mississippi State sports on Scout.com sports network. You can contact him by emailing swindoll@genespage.com.

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