Pressley eyeing decision, names top three

In a previous story with GamecockAnthem.com, E.E. Waddell HS (Charlotte, NC) standout big man Jervon Pressley stated he was looking at making a decision before his junior campaign kicked off. He's still looking at picking a college before the season starts, but his top list has changed slightly, with one common denominator factoring in — The Gamecocks.


South Carolina coach Darrin Horn has been very active in recruiting Team United based out of Charlotte, NC.

The first to make a collegiate decision off the 16 and younger AAU team looks like it will be Jervon Pressley, a 2011 prospect.

"I'll Probably (make the decision) after the summer is over," Pressley said. "Probably before the season starts."

Pressley wants to get the process out of the way and concentrate on his season and future. The 6-foot-7 forward, who wears a monstrous size 20 sneaker and has college scouts drooling over his upside as a prospect, claims offers from South Carolina, Clemson, Baylor, VCU and Florida.

Out of the pack, South Carolina, VCU and Florida have emerged as his top three schools.

South Carolina: "If you want to get better, they'll help you get better. They do a lot of individual work schedules before practices."

Florida: "They don't run too many plays. They just let players be players and make plays."

VCU: "I like Shaka Smart, the head coach there. I haven't talked to Clemson since he left."

Smart served as an assistant to Oliver Purnell at Clemson prior to working as an assistant under Billy Donovan at Florida last season. Now that Smart has taken the head job at VCU, it seems like the Rams have a legitimate shot at landing the star forward.

However, Pressley admits that having family in South Carolina gives the Gamecocks an advantage, along with being in an elite conference.

"I have a couple of family members that live (by the campus)," he said.

Since AAU is picking up right now but it is a dead period for recruiting, coaches aren't directly recruiting prospects. So a lot of kids aren't too sure what schools are checking in on them.

According to Team United coach Lamar Rankin, Ohio State, Clemson, Charlotte and Virginia Tech are all trying to get in the sweepstakes late.

When asked how that will factor into his recruiting, Pressley said, "I'm not sure, I don't know yet."

"He's getting better," Rankin said of Pressley's play. "Over the course of the year he's improved rebounding and his defensive effort.

"He's a hard worker. In the last month he's getting it. He's not much of a presence on the offensive end right now, he's more of a defensive presence. But he's been in the gym the last month, and he's really getting it."

Pressley will have two years to advance his offensive game, but according to Rankin, even though his offensive game hasn't been there, it's starting to come around. He does things that would fit well in the South Carolina system as far as hustling and running the floor well, and Rankin thinks his shot blocking and rebounding would be a big asset to the Gamecocks.

"(South Carolina) just shows the most interest," Pressley said, "and I like them."

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