Facey's Recruitment Picks Up

INDIANAPOLIS, In. -- 2013 post Kentan Facey's recruitment has blown up in recent weeks. He talked to Scout.com about his new offers and who is recruiting him the hardest...

iNDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- 2013 power forward Kentan Facey has picked up his play in recent weeks, and in turn, he's also garnered significant attention from high major coaches.

After a strong performance at the LeBron James Skills Academy in early July, the six-foot-eight native of Jamaica came out and duplicated his showing at the Adidas Invitational last week.

"I just think I'm competing and working hard," Facey told A10Report.com. "My team was down a couple times and I had to step it up."

One of the most athletic players on the circuit, Facey is eager to show off his full repertoire throughout July.

"I'm helping out my team through rebounding and shot blocking," Facey said. "Defensively, I'm basically the anchor for the team right now. Also, getting into transition and getting easy buckets."

His offer sheet is incredibly impressive at this point, too.

"Louisville, UCLA, Memphis, Duquesne, Dayton, Xavier, Saint Louis," he said, when asked what programs had offered him a scholarship this summer. "There are schools like Saint John's and UConn before that. Pittsburgh and Providence, too."

He's got one school coming at him the hardest at this point.

"Right now, Providence is probably the leader as far as recruiting goes," he said. "I hear from them a lot, especially Coach [Ed] Cooley. As far as interest, I'm still kind of wide open. I'm going to try to narrow it down after the July period."

"As far as the conference, I'm not too sure," he said. "I'm just basically getting used to the whole system here after coming from Jamaica."

One of his Rens teammates, Terrence Samuel, has expressed interest about playing together at the next level, because they've got a very similar offer list. UConn is one school that Samuel has talked about on a number of occasions, but Facey says it won't be a package deal.

In closing, what's it going to take to reel in this ultra-athletic big?

"I'm looking for a school that has a really good engineering program," he said. "A school that gets players ready for the next level, because I'm definitely shooting for that after college. . .A good coaching staff with a good resume."

From Scout.com's Evan Daniels:

Kentan Facey was among the big winners in the first of three evaluation periods.

"His recruitment is crazy right now," New Rens coach Karriem Memminger told Scout.com.

Facey, a 6-foot-8, 210-pound power forward out of Brookville (N.Y.) Long Island Lutheran, had a solid outing at the LeBron James Skills Academy in Las Vegas and then followed it up with impressive play at the adidas Invitational.

"He's very hot right now," Memminger said. "All he truly did was turn that corner and I believe the camps from Amare to LeBron changed his confidence. He has a different swagger about him. He looks stronger."

"He's an athletic four," he added about his game. "He shoots it well from outside. He handles it pretty well. He's lightning quick and is very bouncy. He attacks the tin and looks to dunk everything."

Since the first period ended the calls have poured in.

"He had a couple of offers from St. John's and Connecticut, but I'm not sure it was concrete," Memminger said. "They offered him based on potential. He went from Atlantic 10 and schools like Marist and Drexel to strictly high majors now."

"Everyone offered in the Big East and Atlantic 10, plus Virginia Tech, Pittsburgh, USC and UCLA," he said. "Kentucky watched him in Indy. Calipari is coming to see him in Philly and in Las Vegas."

Memminger also mentioned strong interest from Louisville, Memphis, Georgetown, Xavier, Duquesne, Pittsburgh, VCU and Rhode Island.

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