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<b>New Jersey big man Andrew Bynum has seen his stock skyrocket over the last month. A massive C prospect, Bynum has caught the eye of several big name college coaches with his play at the Nike camp in Indianapolis and then again at another Nike event, the annual Peach Jam in North Augusta, S.C. Bynum spoke about his future plans, and on where one of the best big men in 2005 will end up, following his best performance at the Peach Jam Thursday evening.<b>

"My first two games, my ankle was bothering me a lot, so I couldn't really jump, but today, I don't know, I just didn't feel it anymore," said Andrew Bynum. "I guess my adrenaline started pumping so I was able to play to my fullest."

A monster around the bucket, Bynum has a body that brings NBA scouts by the dozens these days, but his offensive ability outside of two feet, as well as his lateral quickness, need work before he could make that jump. Still, he is clearly among the top post players in the class of 2005.

But will he stay in the class of 2005?

"It's kind of vague right now," Bynum said about the possibility of him attending Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, Va. or even entering college next fall. He may be attending Oak Hill this fall, or possibly for the 2005-2006 school year. "I haven't had time to sit down and think about it. As you know, I've been on the road a lot, but it's a possibility."

He lists six colleges in the running for his services right now, in order-UConn, North Carolina, Georgia, Rutgers, Georgetown, and Georgia Tech, while also saying he's still open to the possibility of others entering the fray as well.

What is it about those 6 that have piqued his interest?

"UConn, they offered me a scholarship, so I would think about going there, plus they won the national championship."

"UNC, that's just like the school that everybody wants to go to. My good friend Tyler Hansbrough is already going there, so that would be something for me and him to play together." (sidenote--Hansbrough, theinsiders.com's current #1 player overall in the 2005 class, says he's still looking at Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri, and North Carolina, did Bynum let the cat out of the bag?)

"Georgia, I really like the coach, we've talked 1 on 1. He's the first coach to come to my practice, I respect him a lot, plus they have Louis Williams going there."

"Rutgers, that's my hometown school. My friends Jarron Griffin, Anthony Farmer, and JR Inman, they are all going to Rutgers, so that is a possibility for me."

"Georgetown, of course that's big man University. Patrick Ewing, Alonzo Mourning, Dikembe Mutumbo, and there's many others. It's the second leading school for putting players in the NBA."

"Georgia Tech just is a great program. They got second in the nation. Everything about it is good. I like the coaches."

With his recruitment really just starting to heat up, look for Bynum to become one of the hot commodities over the fall.

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