Lattin Enjoys Texas Visit

Khadeem Lattin talks about his recent Texas visit and what's up next in his recruiting.

Khadeem Lattin made his way to Austin this past weekend to visit Texas.

"It was a really cool trip," Lattin said. "I liked the players, and I liked the coaches. Austin's a great city."

Lattin said that his trip involved meeting with academic advisors and attending a football game.

"It's the same thing you do on all your officials," Lattin said.

Lattin previously took an official visit to Oklahoma — "I loved the environment, the college town and team and players," he said — and his recruitment could be heating up as a Red River battle.

"There's a lot to love about both schools," Lattin said.

"I'm just looking for a place that will develop me as a player and person," Lattin said. "There's a lot that goes into the process (of deciding) and I'm just going to take it slow with my parents and coach.

"Really, it's just the school and the place where I feel most at home," Lattin said. "I want a place where I feel appreciated there, and where it's like a family. I'm a family-oriented guy."

Lattin is in his second year of home school, and plays for his home school association team. He called himself "a very intense player."

"I get after it on both ends of the floor," Lattin said. "I love to bring it, from an effort standpoint. I'm a tough rebounder and a shot-blocker, and I'm a really good 15-to-17-foot jump-shooter. I can make an open three. I just think I'm a high-energy, high-motor guy."

If Lattin's last name sounds familiar, it's probably because his grandfather is David "Big Daddy" Lattin, a star on the famous 1966 Texas Western team that beat an all-white Kentucky squad for the NCAA title. David Lattin went on to play in both the NBA and ABA. But while he was under-recruited and was a muscular 6-6 225, Khadeem listed his current height and weight at 6-10 200.

While Lattin said he isn't finished taking visits — he wants to see USC and isn't sure if he wants to use his other two visits — he seems to have a high interest in both Texas and Oklahoma. The former school really ramped up its interest of late.

"They've always shown high interest," Lattin said. "But recently, it became 'hey, we really need this guy.' It definitely hit a new peak."

His Texas recruitment is largely being handled by assistant coach Rob Lanier and head coach Rick Barnes. Here's what he had to say about the Longhorns.

"I like Texas a lot," Lattin said. "It's a pretty hard-nosed school. It's a place that I think I would shine."

Oklahoma assistant Lew Hill is also recruiting Lattin, with an assist from head coach Lon Kruger. Here's what Lattin had to say about the Sooners.

"That's another school that I like," Lattin said. "They're hard-nosed and they get after it. They have that mentality that you go in to work."

That Lattin used the phrase "hard-nosed" about both programs is no accident. That's a style of play that appeals to him.

"I'm a defensive-minded player," Lattin said. "I think I'm pretty tough. I really put my nose to the grindstone."

But while this might come down to Texas or Oklahoma, two schools that he's already officially visited, those fans might have to wait a while to hear his decision.

"I doubt it's going to be early," Lattin said.


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