Brad Sheehan's Recruiting Heats Up

This summer was a fruitful one for Brad Sheehan. The 6-foot-10 center from Shaker High School in Latham, New York, saw his confidence grow exponentially with a strong showing at the Nike Camp in Indianapolis, and he carried that over into AAU play with the Albany City Rocks. It was apparent in his body language, and coaches picked up on it.

Now Sheehan turns towards the decision-making process. He met with coaches from Penn State and Georgia Tech for in-school visits this week, and also hosted staff members from Syracuse and Virginia in his home. 
 
  Sheehan's official visits have begun. Brad is currently in Atlanta on an official visit to Georgia Tech, which starts Friday. Next weekend, Virginia hosts him for an official, and he has another official lined up with Syracuse either on October 7th or October 15th. Penn State is another program that may receive an official visit.
 
  "Those are the four schools I'm considering right now," said Sheehan. "I'm probably setting up an official visit with Penn State. If I take that visit, it will be on October 1st."
 
   Brad thinks he'll have a better sense of where all of the schools stand after visiting the two ACC campuses.
 
  "I've already been to Syracuse and Penn State (on unofficial visits)," said Sheehan. "After next weekend, I'll probably have a better feel for how all of the schools stack up." 
 
  Academics will figure prominently in where Sheehan winds up.
 
  "I'm looking for some place where there is good academic support for the basketball program," said Sheehan. "That's important. Otherwise, I'm looking for a good school where I'll graduate with a good degree."
 
   Sheehan is a long pivot who can knock down the mid-range jumper with consistency. As his confidence increased this summer, Brad attacked the rim more aggressively and was more active around the hoop. He also proved more effective with his back to the basket. He has to continue to get stronger for the next level.
 
The Orange are also scouting big men in the class of 2007 and appear to be protecting themselves in case a commitment doesn't come from Sheehan. The next few weeks are very important for Syracuse and Sheehan. It will likely direct the Syracuse staff in the way they approach recruiting next season depending upon where Sheehan lands on the college level.

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