Hoops Recruiting: Borchert Likes OSU, USC

Colin Borchert, a 6-foot-9 forward from Glendale, Ariz., is one member of the Class of 2009 that the Oklahoma State basketball staff has targeted. How good is Borchert? Who else is recruiting him? Would he leave the state of Arizona and a chance to play in the Pac-10 for Oklahoma State and the Big 12? Those are some of the questions we attempted to get answered recently.

Borchert averaged 12.2 points and 7.5 rebounds – both team bests – as a sophomore at Mountain Ridge High School a year ago. But that was as a 6-foot-6, skinny youngster, said Mike O'Guinn, who has coached Borchert the past four seasons with the Southwest Rebels summer league team.

"I think the most significant thing about Colin is that he's filled out and matured a lot in the last year. He went into the spring at 6-8 or 6-7 1/2, and he's still growing," O'Guinn said. "He's really been sprouting up the last six months. I would say he's probably 6-9 or 6-9 1/2, and weighs 210 or 215 now. And he might be able to grow another inch or two, and once he gets to college he'll be able to carry another 15 to 20 pounds easy."

Versatile big men like Borchert attract their share of attention from college coaches. USC, UNLV, California, San Francisco, Nebraska and Utah have joined Oklahoma State in recruiting Borchert. Both Arizona and Arizona State have taken a wait-and-see approach to Borchert, O'Guinn says.

"Both of those schools, if they came at him hard, he'd love to stay home and play," O'Guinn said. "I would say his top two choices right now are USC and Oklahoma State. One day he'll say it's USC that he likes, and the next day he'll say it's Oklahoma State that he likes best. I do think Oklahoma State has a good shot at him. I think he likes the coaching staff and every time they've had a chance to visit he's felt comfortable with the staff."

Borchert is "a high energy kid. He's very athletic. He has a long, rangy frame," his summer league coach says. "He's capable of going inside and outside to score. He has no hesitation in moving out to the three-point line at hitting the shot.

"Most of the coaches I've talked to think he can play either the three or four. They really like that he's versatile and can play both positions," O'Guinn said. "He's a special kid because of one, his size, and two, his athleticism. I haven't coached many kids with his size and athleticism. You can put him anywhere from the two to the five. The sky is the limit for this kid."

The soft-spoken Borchert prefers to let his game doing his talking. "He's a fierce kid on the court. He's got a motor on him," said O'Guinn. "But he's a kid that doesn't want a lot of the spotlight on him. He's one of the most shy kids you'll ever come across. He's loving the recruiting attention, but at the same time he just wants to be a teenager.

"When you watch him play he's a monster on the court. But once the game is over, he's one of the quietest kids you'd ever come across."

Borchert recently took an unofficial visit to USC, but does not have any other trips planned, O'Guinn said. "He has expressed to me that he wants to get it done early and make a decision," O'Guinn said.

As a high school junior, Borchert can give a verbal commitment but could not sign until the early signing period for the Class of 2009, which is November of 2008.

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