Bynum looking at five

Right now, he's almost like a gentle giant. Two years from now? Who knows? He could be one of the better big man prospects in college basketball. Andrew Bynum has that kind of talent.

When it comes to evaluating, recruiting and developing big men, patience is the order of the day. It's no myth that bigs take a longer time to develop. Meet Andrew Bynum.

Bynun, a 6-foot-11, 240 pound prospect out of Metuchen (N.J.) St. Joseph's checks in at No. 47 in our pre-July list of the Top 100 players. He's not there because he dominates summer league or even is unstoppable in high school, he's there because he's showed signs of being a top notch player.

See, Bynum is big but he's shy by nature. Quiet and reserved, this is exactly the kind of behavior you often times see out of guy who might think he's pretty good, but just isn't sure of himself yet. A lot of times the big guys don't realize just how big in size and impact they can be. Often times, the big ones are gentle giants. Just like Bynum is … for now.

Some programs like Seton Hall, Rutgers and Georgetown have a good enough feel for him and have already offered. Still others like Connecticut and North Carolina are learning about the person, the player and his game.

All five of the above mentioned schools comprise his current list. Not surprisingly, the big fella won't stray too far from home. Bynum makes no bones about it; he's interested in playing college hoops near his home.

"I want to take a visit to each of those schools and see which one I like the best," Bynum said

The future engineering major also said that the Pirates, Scarlet Knights and Hoyas are pushing the hardest. "There's not that much pressure [to commit] but they're saying ‘we want you to come and we need an answer.' It's good to know that you're wanted by somebody."

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