Full Court Pressey?

Of the remaining point guards in the country, Phil Pressey is one of the best. Buckeye Sports catches up with him for the latest on his recruitment.

It's not a secret that Thad Matta and Ohio State are in the market for a point guard from the class of 2010. Popping up onto the radar for Matta and his Buckeyes is Phil Pressey. A 5-foot-9 playmaker from the Episcopal School in Dallas (Tex.), Pressey is among the top floor generals in the country.

After spending the last few summers running with Boston based BABC, Pressey is now playing for Team Texas Elite and thinks things are starting to click.

"We're starting to click together," said Pressey. "When we first came together it was like we got the top players we should be good. But, now we've got the chemistry and are really playing together."

A clever playmaker who is quick with the ball, Pressey is a terror as a passer or scorer off the bounce. An excellent on the ball defender as well, there's been no shortage of coaches willing to overlook his smallish size.

"It's really a lot of the Big 12," said Pressey. "Then outside of the Big 12 it's Arizona, UCLA, Connecticut, Florida and Ohio State."

According to Pressey, Ohio State is relatively new to his recruitment but they've been coming on strong.

"They offered me already," Pressey told Buckeye Sports. "They are coming at me hard right now. It's been Coach Matta recruiting me."

From the sounds of it, Matta's pitch has been a pretty simple one.

"He wants me to come in and play right away," said Pressey. "That's something that I'm looking for, so that's what I like about them."

As it turns out, direct involvment from the head coach during recruiting is something that is quite important to Pressey.

"If the head coach is the one calling me, that's how I know they want me," said Pressey. "Like if the assistant coach calls, I like talking to them. But, I want to talk to the guy who is going to be playing me so I like talking to the head coach."

The son of longtime Milwaukee Buck and current New Orleans Hornets assistant Paul Pressey, Phil says that he and his father talk about hoops a lot less than one might think.

"I haven't really talked to him about college," said Pressey. "We've really been at home chilling. He doesn't really talk about basketball at all."

In no rush, Pressey says that he'll look to get through this summer before making any decisions on his future. After July ends, he'll look to sit down with his parents and set up a plan of attack.

"I'll probably do it during the fall. I'll try to narrow it down to five then," said Pressey. "I think I'll take all five official visits."


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