With Tyler Davis, one of the biggest names in Texas high school basketball, ruled ineligible for the year, focus has turned to his teammate – another rising star, junior forward D.J. Hogg.
At 6-foot-7, 200-pounds, Hogg is considered one of the better scorers in his class and just six games into his season at Plano West, he has put up very impressive numbers.
"I'm averaging around 23 points and eight or nine rebounds a game," Hogg said. "I like the way I've played so far, but I know I can do better on lateral movement to help my defense."
Hogg has an extensive offer sheet with Arizona, Oregon and UCLA being the names of a few on the list. But playing in close proximity of an SMU program on the rise has caused Hogg to take notice of what the Mustangs have to offer.
"Coach Larry Brown is doing a really good job over there," Hogg said. "They invited me to their game at the AAC (American Airlines Center), but I forget why I couldn't go. But I went to one of their practices. It was nice."
With SMU's season also underway, Brown has not been able to attend on of Hogg's games but has watched him in practice.
"He's been to a couple (practices)," Hogg said. "He thinks I'm a great player, and he'd love to be my coach for college. He thinks I have a chance to be really good."
When asked if he could see himself playing for Coach Brown, Hogg replied, ‘most definitely.'
Hogg, who has earned the reputation of a sharp shooter, is looking for a school that fits his playing style - getting up and down the floor is his forte.
"Get up and down and shoot," Hogg said. "Up tempo – because up tempo usually means more shots, and I like to shoot the ball."
Most schools are recruiting Hogg as a shooting three, which is the position he desires to play at the next level. Hogg has a goal to put on more muscle upon his ascension to the collegiate ranks.
With two long seasons ahead of him, Hogg has yet to name a list with the schools he is most interested in but says he will do so after the EYBL season is over this summer.
The Plano West Wolves are 4-2 thus far with one of their losses coming at the hands of KJ and Dedric Lawson, two highly regarded prep stars from Tennessee both putting up 23 points a piece.
Hogg will make his final college decision during his senior season.
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