Class of 2012 Devonta Pollard Update

Kemper County (MS) High School class of 2012 member Devonta Pollard, rated the 54th best player in his class, has worked hard to improve his overall game since last season.

"This year, my game has become a little stronger," said the four-star prospect. "I have worked on my dribbling drills. Last year, I could go either left or right (with my dribbling) but I was a little weaker going to my left compared to my right. Now, my left is stronger. I have also developed a stronger jump shot. And I'm getting physically tough this year."

Although highly thought of after his sophomore season, with his improved play the college coaches have really started taking notice of this very talented player.

"Georgetown has been showing some interest in me and LSU has been showing some interest," said Pollard. "Mississippi State and Alabama. And I have gotten some letters from Auburn. Really, just a lot of SEC teams."

Five colleges have extended scholarship offers.

"I have received offers from Georgetown, LSU, Mississippi State, Ole Miss and Alabama," said the 6-8.5, 198-pounder.

As for favorites, none appear to lead at the moment.

"I don't have any favorites right now," said Pollard.

But he does know what he's looking for in a college.

"I'm looking for a college that is not only looking for a good basketball player but one that wants to help you become stronger in your school work and develop you in becoming a better young man," said the youngster.

And it's possible the school he chooses will receive the signature of another 2012 four-star state of Mississippi prospect, Starkville High School center Gavin Ware.

"Gavin and I have thought about going to the same school," said Pollard. "He asked me what school I'm going to and he said I'm going to the one you go to."

Pollard explained how he and Ware became such good friends.

"We first met each other when we got the first basketball practice together (for the AAU team Southern Phenoms) in Meridian," said Devonta Pollard. "(At that practice) we were laughing and talking and since then we have become even better friends. When I lost my dad, I found out that he had lost his mom. That really made us (even) closer. I can go talk to him about anything and he can come talk to me about anything. I go up there and watch him play when I'm not playing and when he's not playing he comes to watch me play."

And while they are watching each other play, it wouldn't be surprising to me to see several college coaches in the stands watching as well.

Keep it on for the latest recruiting information on both of these very talented members of the class of 2012.

Gene Swindoll is the publisher of the website, the source for Mississippi State sports on sports network. You can contact him by emailing

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