Monroe Focused on Season

Greg Monroe,'s top-ranked player in the 2008 class, is receiving heavy interest from the best programs in the country, but his attention is focused elsewhere.

The 6-10, 228-pound power forward refuses to let the recruiting distractions hinder his personal development or his teams.' Last season his high school team, Harvey (La.) Cox, bowed out in the quarterfinals of the state tournament and Monroe hopes to improve on that finish this year.

"We're looking real good. We only lost one person from last year's team," he said. "I think we have a very good shot [at winning state]."

Coming off arguably the best summer of any 2008 prospect, Monroe still feels there are a few areas that he must improve on to hold that spot.

"I think I've been playing well," Monroe said. "I'm just trying to get better every day. I'm trying to get my shot more consistent, that's basically the main thing because I can handle the ball pretty well. I'm just trying to get my shot more consistent."

During his PE period Monroe has gotten the opportunity to put in some extra work on his jump shot. His workout routine also includes lifting weights and team practice after school.

Although his focus is on the season ahead, college coaches have been visiting the school and showing serious interest in the big man.

"A lot of schools are showing interest, but right now I'm not really paying that much attention to it," Monroe said. "I'm trying to stay focused on the season. Then after the season I'll really start to narrow it down."

The schools showing the most interest are Duke, LSU, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisville, North Carolina and Texas. Each school visited him during the open period, but Mike Kryzewski, Rick Pitino, Bill Self and John Brady were the head coaches that stopped by.

"Not right now," he said when asked about a leader. "Everybody's pretty much in the same boat right now."

Monroe said that the current players and coaching staff will play a major role in his decision.

"I'm looking at the personnel and the system that's run to make sure it suits my style of play. A good coach; I'm looking at everything."

When asked specifically about the Tar Heels, Monroe noted UNC's head coach was not among the recent visitors.

"They sent an assistant," he said, "but Roy Williams didn't come."

Monroe's recruitment took off in the spring and it hit a new level after his big-time summer. He thought his play at Nike Camp set everything off.

"It was a very good summer obviously, it just seemed like everything feel in to place and I was playing well.

"When you get a stage like that you can't give up anything. You have to go out and perform every day. That's the way I looked at it from camp through the end of the summer."

Now his hope is to perform well enough to win a state championship. That road begins in Louisiana this week.

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