Gant Eager for AAU Circuit

Darnell Gant was hoping to finish the season with a championship. However his Los Angeles (Calif.) Crenshaw team lost in the second round of the California State tournament.

Regardless of the finish, Gant, a 6-8 200-pound power forward, put up very good numbers leading his team to a 23-4 record. Gant consistently put up double-double performances and averaged 15 points, 10.8 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 blocks per game.

However Gant didn't have the free reign that he was expecting to have this season. His team was full of talented guards, so he didn't get nearly as many touches as he would have liked.

"All of our starters averaged double-digits at least," Gant explained. "I was the second leading scorer but all of our starters were scorers as well and we are a guard oriented team."

Gant was hoping to show off an arsenal of moves and high point totals this season but instead played team ball.

"I believe that it's natural to me," Gant said about scoring the basketball. "Not really a natural scorer but I'm a person that scores the basketball. It just didn't come with the team I'm with right now."

But he may get that chance on the AAU circuit in the coming months. He'll be playing for the Rising Stars of America.

"Right now that is the thing I'm really looking forward too," Gant said.

When he does hit the circuit, there will be a number of schools tracking his play. Among the schools already showing him interest are UCLA, Oregon and Washington. He has also received mail from the likes of North Carolina, Texas and UConn and would like to be pursued by them a little more.

Gant claims a scholarship offer from UCLA but, has yet to take any unofficial visits. He does plan to take a few visits between the end of the AAU circuit and the start of the high school season.

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