CBC's O'Day talks summer, schools, and visits

Nationally, the 2012 recruiting class is known for its depth in the frontcourt. Headlining the class is 6'11 Andre Drummond, who many project as a future top pick in the NBA draft. One of Drummond's frontcourt mates with the Connecticut Basketball Club, Ethan O'Day, is starting to see his fair share of attention now as well.

Ethan O'Day, a 6'9 210 pound forward, is coming off of an impressive run at the Adidas Super 64 in Las Vegas. Hawk Hill Hardwood caught up with Ethan earlier today to get the latest on his summer, his development as a player, and his recruitment.

Behind the strong play of Drummond, O'Day, guard Kris Dunn, and more, CBC strung together an impressive winning streak in Vegas. In a win against Perry Ellis and KC Pray and Play, Ethan had several rim-rattling dunks on his way to a strong double-double.

Eventually, CBC fell to Hanner Perea, Kevin Ferrell, and a tough Indiana Elite squad. With the confidence gained from their strong performance in Vegas, CBC now heads to AAU Nationals in Orlando.

At 6'9 and 210, O'Day views himself as "a hybrid 4 right now working on my perimeter game." In order to prepare himself for both his senior season and for college, Ethan has spent countless hours in the weight room this summer. With this added bulk and increased athleticism, Ethan will be able to provide mismatches at both forward spots.

One of Ethan's biggest attributes is his motor, which is constantly running. "I run the floor like crazy, which gets me lots of dunks in the open court. In the half court I have some back to the basket moves and am also working on my perimeter game," O'Day explained.

Prior to a hectic July, Ethan was able to visit three college campuses, and has plans for more visits in August. Ethan trekked down to Davidson for an unofficial visit with NMH teammate Anthony Dallier at the end of June. He also attended elite camps at both Charlotte and Virginia. In terms of offers, O'Day rattled off a list of "Hofstra, Vermont, American, Holy Cross, and Saint Joseph's."

With Saint Joseph's among the schools that have offered O'Day, he hopes to visit the Philadelphia school in August. While a date has not yet been set, he said that he plans to visit Saint Joseph's, and possibly Penn, before school starts back up. The Hawks are in need of frontcourt depth in 2012, and that is something that O'Day would provide.

When ultimately selecting a school, O'Day is going to carefully examine both the school's academics and the basketball program. Year in and year out, Northfield Mount Hermon sends players to some of the top academic schools in the country. In fact, Ethan's high school teammate, rising senior Evan Cummins, has already given a verbal commitment to Harvard. In addition to the academics, Ethan also wants "to win. I'm looking for a good program where I can earn minutes."

With five offers already in hand, strong play this July, and still more time to impress coaches in Orlando, Ethan O'Day will have a number of colleges vying for his signature.

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