Junior to Watch: Andrew Ott

Matt Walsh, Lee Melchionni and Ted Skuchas comprised a Germantown Academy (Pa.) team a few years back that rivaled almost any high school team in the nation. Now Andrew Ott & Co. hope to do the same at Germantown.

The 6-9, 220-pound Ott, a rising junior big man, will team with senior forwards Ryan Ayers (Notre Dame) and Brian Grimes next season at Germantown.

Ott is a thin frontcourt player who has a nice, soft touch from mid-range and also passes well for a guy his size. He still needs to bulk up and work on running the floor better, but he's gotten plenty of high-major interest already.

In fact, Ott and his parents decided to take a trip last month to North Carolina and Wake Forest for a pair of unofficial visits.

"They sent me letters and we've been in contact," Ott said. "I decided I wanted to go down this year so I could get a head start and see all the different kinds of schools I might be able to go to."

"It was almost overwhelming," Ott added. "North Carolina has a really nice campus and I had a great time."

"Both schools told me to keep in contact," he said. "And that they'd keep up with me this summer. They haven't offered me, but I'm hoping as I improve, they might offer me."

Ott will get his chance to show college coaches he can play at an elite level when he leaves today for the Nike All-American Camp in Indianapolis. He's already displayed enough to warrant recent scholarship offers from Villanova and Penn State after visiting both schools. He also said that Illinois, Georgia Tech and Stanford have also expressed interest.

"Right now I'm pretty open," said Ott, who will travel to Las Vegas later in the month with Sam Rines. "There's no dream school for me, so I'll just see what happens in the next year."

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