Schools noticing 2013 Philadelphia guard

Philadelphia Electric and Technology Charter features one of the more well-regarded post players in the junior class in Philadelphia in Jai Williams. Williams is not the only player on the PET roster getting Division 1 attention, however. Junior guard Hakeem Baxter is also drawing the attention of college coaches.

On Monday, Hawk Hill Hardwood spoke with Hakeem Baxter's mentor, Rasool Hajj, to get the latest on the talented junior guard.

Checking in between 6'1 and 6'2, Baxter is in the conversation as one of the more improved players in the city this season. According to Hajj, Baxter is a "very athletic guard that can play above the rim." At a legitimate 6'1 with length, Baxter possesses great athleticism and utilizes that in the open court.

At PET, Baxter is in his third year as the team's starting point guard. He plays the point for PET, but is currently also counted upon as the primary offensive threat. According to Hajj, Hakeem is averaging 16.4 points per game so far this season. In addition, he is averaging 5 rebounds, 4.1 assists, 2.4 steals, and 1.2 blocks per contest.

Although it is still early in the process for Baxter, a number of schools are already expressing interest. Earlier this season, he trekked to Quinnipiac for an unofficial visit. Norfolk State is another school that has been in touch with the talented point guard.

Three schools from the CAA are also showing interest in Hakeem. Delaware and Drexel are two of the schools most heavily involved at the moment. Both schools have been in to practice to watch him, and Drexel has also hosted him at a few of their home games this season. Virginia Commonwealth is the third CAA school involved in Hakeem's recruitment. They recently sent an assistant coach in to Philadelphia to watch Hakeem practice.

In addition to his skills on the court, he also holds a 3.0 GPA in the classroom.

PET has a busy week of games this week where Hakeem will get to go head-to-head with two nationally regarded point guards. On Tuesday night, he will go up against Imhotep Charter's Brandon Austin and on Thursday he will be matched up with fellow North Philly native Rysheed Jordan when PET battles Vaux.

Hakeem Baxter is already impressing on the court this season, and he has an opportunity to take that to the next level in his two games this week.

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