Lavoris Weathers Recruiting Update

Recently named an honorable mention All-State selection by The Clarion-Ledger newspaper, Lavoris Weathers, a 6-7.5, 234-pound forward who plays for Greenwood High School, has several schools after him, including two that have already offered him a scholarship.

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"UAB and Middle Tennessee have offered scholarships," said Lavoris. "UAB offered around the end of my basketball season. And Middle Tennessee offered last week. UAB is showing the most interest in me right now."

Several other schools are also showing interest in him.

"I have other schools like DePaul, Illinois, Tennessee, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Florida also interested in me," he said. "Illinois is sending me letters every day."

As for favorites, when I asked him to name his favorite schools and if he wanted to list them high, medium or low, he named seven schools with two in the high category.

"My favorites are UAB, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Middle Tennessee, Florida, Illinois and DePaul. UAB and Florida are both high," said Lavoris.

He pointed out why he likes about each school.

"UAB's new assistant (head) coach, Tracy Dildy, was the reason I was interested in Ole Miss in the first place. When he moved to UAB, they automatically became my number 1 school," explained Lavoris. "I like Ole Miss because it is like a homestate school. Mississippi State, the same reason. Illinois is where my daddy stays. DePaul, too. Middle Tennessee State, I like them because they called me. I like Florida because they are a big-time school."

Lavoris commented on what the coaches like about him and what he still needs to work on.

"Coaches said they like me because I play strong. In most tournaments I play against bigger guys so I just play strong. And as a big man, I can shoot the three. That keeps me from being limited to one position," said Lavoris, who averaged 20 points, 12 rebounds and 4 block shots per game this past season. "I also try to be an aggressive rebounder. I'm not selfish. I always look to pass the ball first. I'll pass before I shoot it. I still need to work on my ball-handling."

As for official visits, he has one possibly on his agenda this summer.

"I'm thinking about visiting UAB toward the end of the summer," said Lavoris.

Will Lavoris commit to UAB on his visit, or will he continue the waiting game to see who else offers him a scholarship? Keep it on to find out.

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

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