NBPA: Kevin Love Spotlight

RICHMOND, Va. --- Coveted class of 2007 basketball prospect Kevin Love says that he has no school list at the present time, but two of the schools on his "non-list" came close to getting a visit following his participation in the NBA Players' Association Camp.

While he will not offer a list officially, he did acknowledge that the schools recruiting him the hardest currently are "UNC, Arizona, Duke, Kansas, Connecticut, Washington, and UCLA."

Criteria for schools under consideration include style of play, team chemistry, tradition, and his relationship with the coaches.

"[I want to see] how they use their big man, how they get him involved," Love explained. "I'm trying to have a diverse game and do everything, so I want to see how they use their big man, not if they are going to stick him down low. I want to be able to pop out, go down low, do whatever, set pick and rolls, things like that."

Duke and North Carolina figure to be big players in Love's recruitment before he reaches a decision, and he came close to making unofficial visits to both schools

"I actually talked to my AAU coach, Troy Berry," Love said. "He said if he were to make it here - which he didn't - he wanted to make the visit down to North Carolina and Duke. We were almost 100 percent sure if he had come. I really want to take an unofficial there to both the schools…"

"It's far, but distance isn't an issue. Duke and North Carolina, those are probably my top two favorites. Duke has always been a dream school for me. And North Carolina, we have Raymond Felton here [at the NBPA Camp] talking to me about it. He said it was a great experience, so I'm liking it."

According to Love, Mike Krzyzewski and Duke's style of play are two of the reasons he's interested in the Blue Devils.

"Everybody came out of there, like [Carlos] Boozer," Love remarked. "Trajan Langdon, I used to love watching him shoot the three's. Everybody, Jason Williams, [Chris] Duhon, I love the style of play."

While he calls Duke his dream school, he was particularly enamored with this season's version of the Tar Heels.

"Sean May, I really like watching him, the way he plays, because I have a lot of similarities with his game," he said. "People have been saying that. He's big, he likes to get physical, but he can also step outside and play. I also like how they move the ball and play together, so that chemistry plays a big part in my choice."

But neither Blue Devil nor Tar Heel fans should get too excited just yet. He says explicitly that he will not be ready to even announce a list of five schools that will get official visits for quite some time -- forget about announcing a college decision. He has a lot of information to gather and a lot of questions to ask, not to mention the discussions he plans to hold with his parents.

"I don't think I'll be ready for a while…" he said. "When the time comes, I'll make my decision, but I don't know when that is going to be."

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