Pratt Puts Pitt On List

On a Rice High School team with ample star power, Kashif Pratt was one of the those unsung guys who helped Mo Hicks' team grind out wins. The 6-foot-3, 170 pound shooting guard is a relentless defender and somebody you can rely on as a perimeter shooter, and he has received interest from a variety of programs.

"I'm considering West Virginia, Pittsburgh, Marist, Penn State, and Manhattan," said Pratt. "West Virginia and Pittsburgh have offered. I'm going to take some visits in June. I'm going to set them up this week. Right now, for sure, I'm visiting those two (West Virginia and Pitt)."

Like many Rice players, Pratt takes pride in his output on the defensive end. Kashif was one of the pests in the team's presses this winter. He's also distinguished himself as a consistent shooter. The wiry wing will need to get stronger for the next level.

Pratt scored 15 points in the Gauchos' 83-54 win over the Westchester Hawks in pool play at the Basketball City Classic in Manhattan on Saturday.

The Gauchos' roster is littered with Rice players, from Edgar Sosa to Curtis Kelly to Elijah Whitehead. This crew grabbed the title at the Next Level Tourney in Dallas in April, and as usual, the program's 17 and under edition should be formidable on the circuit this summer.

Next up for the 'Cho's is the Nike Tourney in New Orleans on Memorial Day weekend. Other stops this summer will include the Peach Jam, Super Showcase, and AAU Nationals.

Kashif Pratt also has a reputation as a steady hand in the classroom. He maintains a B average and will take the SAT for the first time in June.

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