Groselle has options

With nearly 20 scholarship offers to his credit, Geoff Groselle has no shortage of options. The center for 5A power Plano West has planned a few official visits to out-of-state schools, but local program SMU looks to be a player in the race to obtain Groselle's services on the next level.

Plano West is a collective 82-19 over the past three years and much of that success can be attributed to the big man in the middle for the Wolves, 6-foot-11 center Geoffrey Groselle. With close to 20 scholarship offers on the table, the Plano West center will have to sift through offers from quite a few schools that aspire to acquire his services on the next level.

"I think that I have 18 offers," said Groselle, who averaged almost 13 points per game, along with nine rebounds, for 25-9 Plano West. "I can't name them off the top of my head, and I'm not sure which schools would be my favorites at this point.

"There's four schools - South Florida, Tulane, Creighton, and maybe Colorado - that I'm planning to take official visits to -- and then I'll hopefully make my decision before the early signing period. I haven't decided on my fifth visit yet."

Where does SMU fit into the picture?

"I visited SMU recently and it went great," Groselle said. "I sat down with Coach Doherty and he opened up my eyes to some things there and how I'd fit in. It does give SMU an advantage - being close to home."

Groselle's squad went three games deep in the Class 5A Division 1 playoffs last year. What are the expectations for 2010?

"We should be just as good, if not better, than last year," he said. "We only lose two players, our point guard and Jackson Jeffcoat.

"We emphasize defense -- man-to-man, and I think that I had the single-season school record for blocked shots last season. I'm ready for basketball to start. Last year, we had an okay regular season, but we were ready to play in the playoffs."

As a junior, Groselle averaged more than two blocks per game.


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