2014 Intro: Craig Victor

Over the course of the past year New Orleans (La.) Saint Augustine standout Craig Victor has built his national profile.

It began last summer playing on the AAU circuit. Then he won a class 5A state championship, after recording a triple double of 13 points, 13 rebounds and 10 blocks in the semifinals.

Now Victor, just a 2014 prospect, has a host of high major schools looking to recruit him. North Carolina, Georgetown, Texas, Texas A&M, LSU, Maryland, Florida, Florida State, Purdue and Syracuse are the ones that have shown early interest.

"I've had a lot of interest," Victor exclaimed.

That interest is likely to increase over the next few years, and it already has with North Carolina. He's even heard from Roy Williams already.

"I've talked to them a few times and they've sent me some letters. Last year they were in Las Vegas," said Victor, who has also received an evaluation visit at his high school from UNC's head coach this year."

"They called the school on Friday and I talked to Coach Williams," he added. "He was telling me to keep school first and keep my grades up and that he was looking forward to seeing me play in the summer time."

So what came of the phone call?

"They said they aren't really going to wait," Victor said. "They said they are going to come at me now."

"It's the same thing with Georgetown," he added. "Anything North Carolina tries to do, Georgetown tries to get ahead of them."

Victor was also quick to point out that Florida is also strong in the mix and said the Gators, as well as UNC and Georgetown, are his early leaders.

The 6-foot-7, 210-pound combo forward said he's been impressed with the Hoyas academics and post college resume.

"With Georgetown [I like] the academics," he said. "A four-year college student makes approximately 101,000 a year."

Victor said Florida stuck out because of their head coach and the relationship he's built with him.

"Coach Billy Donovan, enough said," Victor said. "I've talked to him personally."

When asked about UNC, which he actually visited a couple years back, Victor was quick to point out their past success.

"You should already know that," he said. "It's the name itself. I like how they take young guys and turn them into (pros). They do pretty good at that and they are always going to make the tournament."

Just a rising sophomore, Victor isn't thinking about making his college choice, but he's certainly planning to enjoy the process.

"I'm going to ride it out," he said. "Not everyone gets to experience things like this, so I'm going to ride it out. By my junior year I should know."

Victor averaged 15 points and seven rebounds during his freshman season.

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