Elizabeth (NJ) St. Patrick forward Austin Colbert, is 6-8, 205 pounds and the nation's no. 8 player for the Class of 2013. With that high ranking comes a high level of interest. Despite the fact that Colbert has not even started his junior year, and he has a lot of schools calling on him, he's doing a good job of keeping everything in perspective.
In the near future, he plans to take some unofficial visits just to go look at some schools.
"So far, I haven't taken any this summer, but hopefully me and my mom will go on the road and go some places," Colbert said.
One school that will be in the mix, when asked, was Pittsburgh. Colbert doesn't claim any leaders or favorites. When asked about Pitt, he did talk about what he likes in their program.
"Yes, they actually offered me," Colbert said. "Jamie Dixon, he's a real cool guy. I've gotten to see them play all the time. I definitely watch them in the Big East Tournament. I definitely watch them in the season. I know (Dixon) is a real good guy. He expects a lot out of his guys, and I think that's what I really want in a coach."
As a sophomore this past season, Colbert played on the same high school team with Kentucky signee Michael Gilchrist and Western Kentucky signee Derrick Gordon. Even being behind those two players, who years older than him, Colbert found room to average six rebounds and two blocks a game. He was second on the team in rebounding behind Gilchrist.
A lot of coaches saw enough in his potential to make him some early offers. Another thing that has showed Colbert's potential was being invited to the LeBron James Skills Academy in Akron, Ohio, this week. Colbert was humble in receiving the honor, but also knows that he can't stop with just this.
"'Wow', that's really what I was saying, ‘Wow, Mom, look, look at this,'" Colbert said. "She was just so proud of me. I'm proud of myself too, but I'm just working hard because you can't stop. That's the one thing I look forward to keep on doing; keep working hard, keep working hard, keep coming back to this.
"This is top-notch because all the guys are either ranked, top-50, top-10 in the class. We have a couple number-one guys in here. That just brings it. It brings the competition level. I think it makes me want to do better."
As for the toughest thing about the Skills Academy?
"Running," Colbert said. "Running everywhere you go, keep running. I'm looking forward to just playing hard, playing hard every possession. Playing up, and playing my heart out every possession."