Minnoy mentions interest in Pittsburgh

Nate Minnoy, the burly 6-3, 230-pounder from Chicago's Hales-Franciscan HS, had tons of fun simply playing the game this off-season. He did damage inside and out, helping his Illinois Fire AAU squad win games all over the country.

"It was good just playing for the most part and getting better," said Minnoy. "My shot went really well and my defense got a lot better too."

Schools have noticed Minnoy out on the circuit, taking a liking to not just his aggressive play on the court, but his variety of skills as well. He may lack a truly defined position on the basketball floor, but that hasn't stopped his phone from ringing with scholarship offers. "I'm starting to narrow it down," said Minnoy. "I've already told a few coaches that have called that I'm at around 7-10 schools. I'll (have it narrowed down) by the middle of the month."

Once thought of a mid-major type of player, a number of programs from high-major conferences are now involved. Minnoy listed, in no particular order, Missouri, Virginia Tech, Seton Hall, Pittsburgh, Toledo, Ohio State, and Purdue as his leaders at the current moment. He has offers from all of them. Minnoy commented on all of them.

On Seton Hall: "I like Seton Hall. They've got two black coaches; the head coach is black and so is the top assistant. They're the only school so far that I'm definitely going to (officially) visit."

On Virginia Tech: "It's a team that's on the rise. It's in the ACC, and if you have the chance to play in the ACC then why not?"

On Missouri: "Missouri is another team that's done pretty good. It's in the Big 12 - ACC, Big 12, Big 10, you can't beat playing in one of those leagues."

On Pittsburgh: "I don't know too much about them right now, but I want to find out more."

On Ohio State: "I think that Ohio State is a great school academically as well as athletically."

On Purdue: "It's close to home - I could go home at anytime."

On Toledo: "Toledo was one of the first schools that was recruiting me - since like the seventh or eighth grade. So you have to keep them in mind."

Nate Minnoy has already made unofficial visits to Purdue and Toledo. He'd like to take another unofficial visit to Purdue when school is in session, as well as take ones to Missouri, Ohio State, and Virginia Tech (which is planned for August 17th). Seton Hall is the only official visit set in stone at the current moment (although no date has been finalized) and where Minnoy schedules his other official visits may depend on how all of the in-home visits go.

"I'm looking for who has the best fit academically and athletically," said Minnoy. Academically, he is looking to major in either business or marketing and he is looking at each school's tutorial programs and graduation rates for athletes. Athletically, the focus is on playing time. "I don't have to start as a freshman, but I want to be a contributor," said Minnoy. "Everyone wants to go in and play."

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