Mike Shaw is wide open

Chicago De La Salle Institute forward Mike Shaw is one of the more highly recruited prospects in the 2011 class. At 6-8, and 220 pounds with a combo forward skill set, the junior to be has drawn interest and received offers from around the nation. Burnt Orange Beat spoke with Shaw about his upcoming plans.

Chicago De La Salle Institute 2011 forward Mike Shaw is not only one of the best prospects in the city of Chicago, but also one of the best in the country in his class. The 6-8, 220-pound combo forward has received offers from the likes of Illinois, Texas, Purdue, Arkansas, Michigan, Marquette and others so far with heavy interest from nearly every major program in the country.

Shaw, the #10 prospect in the 2011 class, will begin a busy summer in the coming weeks starting with the USA basketball.

"I might go to the USA hoops camp," said Shaw. "I know I'll be at Vince Carter Camp and LeBron Camp and then tournaments."

Shaw had the full attention of college coaches in the spring evaluation period as many top college programs traveled to Chicago to watch Shaw as well as friend and AAU teammate Wayne Blackshear. While Shaw says he is open to all teams, he does have a feel for what programs are recruiting him the hardest.

"I don't have a list of schools yet. Right now, I just don't know. I guess I'm considering all of the schools that have offered me. The schools recruiting me the hardest are Texas, Florida, USC, U of I (Illinois), Arkansas, Louisville, Michigan, IU (Indiana), Purdue and Marquette," Shaw said.

As for the Texas Longhorns, they are a school Shaw is seriously considering, especially after taking an unofficial visit October 18-19 for the Missouri football game weekend.

"I like the facilities, the school and coaches at Texas. I like the weather and really just everything. I was there for two days, so I got to see a lot. At other places, I've just been on one day visits," Shaw said, who has taken unofficial visits to Illinois, Notre Dame, Purdue, Marquette and Indiana (team camp) in addition to Texas.

While a decision is not close, Shaw does know that he won't limit his decision making process to staying in the state.

"I'll leave the state, no problem. I'm looking for a good fit that plays my style. I want to get up and down. All of the programs are recruiting me as a three/four and that is how I want to play," Shaw said.

Shaw averaged a double double as a sophomore for De La Salle Institute.

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