Craig Victor at the Gulf Coast Hoop Fest

2014 5-star forward Craig Victor, who plays for the New Orleans Elite team on the AAU circuit, had a good weekend at the inaugural Gulf Coast Hoop Fest in Biloxi, Mississippi.

  • Name: Craig Victor
  • Classification: 2014
  • High School: St. Augustine (New Orleans, LA) High School
  • AAU Team: New Orleans Elite
  • Position: Forward
  • HT-WT: 6-foot-8, 220 pounds
  • Rating: 5-Star
  • Colleges of Interest: Nation-wide

  • One of the nation's top players in the class of 2014, Victor showed at the Gulf Coast Hoop Fest why he is ranked that high. He showed a complete game both on offense and defense. He feels his strong point is his versatility.

    "I would say that I am very versatile," said Victor. "My game is not limited. Depending on what the team needs at the time, I can post up, I can stretch the floor, come out to the wing, dribble-drive. Defensively, I give my team everything, I hustle, give energy, guard the post, guard the wing. It all depends on what my team needs at the time."

    Playing on the AAU circuit has helped him continue to improve because he plays talented players every time he sets foot on the court.

    "Playing high school ball and AAU ball is like playing on two different levels," said the 5-star prospect. "In high school, it's not like you are playing a seven-footer every night. Playing on the AAU circuit is a chance of a lifetime because it is the best of the best. When I train, I train to play against the best. You have to bring your best every night, bring your A-game. Because of that, I feel it helps you in the long run."

    Schools throughout that nation is recruiting Victor. To keep a level head about it, he tries to keep the right people around him.

    "I try to keep the right people around me and not add any outsiders," he said. "I believe in God's will and everything else will take care of itself."

    As of now, his list of schools is still very long.

    "I have a list of schools but the list is so long I can't name all of them right off the bat," said Victor. "I have the SEC, Pac-10, Big 12, ACC, Big East ... basically all of them."

    Victor is keeping his options open at the moment.

    "I haven't narrowed it down yet," he said.

    When he does, he said he will put it in God's hands and talk to the people who have his best interest in mind.

    "It will go back to God's will," said Victor. "I will pray on it, talk to my parents, talk to my coach, and, hopefully, I will make the right decision.

    "No decision is always the right decision. What I mean by that is you might go to a school and it is not exactly what you expected. You might think another school would have been the right decision but it might not be better than the situation that you are in. You just make the best decision (that you can)."

    While he hasn't narrowed his list, he does have some ideas in mind about what he is looking for in a college.

    "I am looking for a family-oriented school that will compete for a national championship, and somebody that will develop me and get me to that next level," he said.

    Victor is a five-star prospect who is ranked the 19th best player overall and the No. 4 ranked power forward in the class of 2014.

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