Prather's One to Watch

The attention for Casey Prather is mounting. Every night a new college coach is in the building and every week he seems to score a new scholarship offer. On Tuesday, North Carolina was in town for his district final game.

The District 14-AA championship game was Jackson (Tenn.) North Side's first district loss of the season. Despite the loss, Prather, a 6-foot-5 junior wing, put his perimeter skills on display and went for 36 points, 15 rebounds and four blocks.

"I've just been improving my perimeter skills a whole lot," Prather said. "I've been playing real good. I've been working real hard. Everything feels like it's falling together for me."

Primarily known as a slasher, the athletic Prather said he's spent time working on his ball handling and shooting. The effort in the gym has paid off, as he's averaging 23 points and 11 rebounds per outing and is a finalist for Mr. Basketball in Tennessee.

"I'm a scorer," he said. "I play good defense and I play hard on both ends of the floor. I just do whatever it takes to win."

At his District championship game were two ACC assistant coaches. North Carolina sent Steve Robinson, while Georgia Tech's Peter Zaharia's was in attendance.

Prather's offer list is long and impressive. He currently has full rides from Michigan, Wake Forest, Virginia, Miami, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Mississippi, Alabama, Akron, Southern Illinois, Vanderbilt and "a lot more."

"I get a call just about every night from another coach," Prather said. "It's pretty fun."

To go with his offers, he also has Tennessee, Kentucky, Florida, Stanford and North Carolina trailing him. According to Prather, the Tar Heels recently started showing interest.

"They just started picking it up recently," Prather said. "They've always remained in closer contact with my AAU coaches."

Prather, who is planning to take some visits following the season, said he's just starting to feel out North Carolina's recruitment and they've expressed interest in him fulfilling their need for a small forward from the class of 2010.

"They haven't told me how they've evaluated my game and everything, but they have said they are in need of another small forward for their team and they said that they are going to look at me more," Prather said.

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