D.J. Hogg began the EYBL going 1-of-5 last weekend from long range under the watchful eye of Hubert Davis, but gradually found his rhythm in scoring 15 points when Davis returned on Sunday.
"Oh yeah, I've talked to Coach Hubert a couple of times," said Hogg, a 2015 prospect. "They are off and on, but they haven't offered me or anything. They've got to watch me a little more."
The 6-8 forward from Plano (Texas) West has an effortless looking jump shot with range out to the NBA line. After going 3-of-13 from behind the arc in his first two EYBL games, Hogg went 4-of-4 on Sunday morning.
"I struggled the first game, the second game I shot a little better," said Hogg. "I've just got to keep playing hard."
With Davis looking on in the afternoon, Hogg came through in the clutch for the Texas Titans. First he delivered a pinpoint pass from the right corner to big man Tyler Davis for a basket and then followed that up with a three from almost the exact same spot. Hogg's last basket provided a lead that wouldn't be relinquished.
The 6-10 Tyler Davis knew why a Tar Heel coach was at his game -- "Nah, UNC isn't watching me. They are here for D.J. I think they really like him."
Hogg averaged 12.2 points over four games and shot 39 percent from three while grabbing almost four boards per game. His baskets came mostly on jump shots, but he looked comfortable shooting off the dribble along with pick and pops.
The Titans return almost their entire AAU team from last year and kicked off the 2014 AAU season going 3-1.
"We started slow," noted Hogg. "But we got things going and started to play a lot better."
Hogg is very familiar with his teammates, having played with most of them in the EYBL last year. They made it to the EYBL Finals ("Peach Jam") - despite being a year younger than their competition - where they went 3-2. Hogg averaged 12.7 points and hit eight threes in one game.
"I'm more of a three or a two, but our best lineup is probably me at the four with all of the guards we have," said Hogg.
As a Texas native, it's no surprise that Hogg is being recruited heavily by in-state schools.
"Probably the school recruiting me the hardest is Baylor," said Hogg. "Then also Texas, SMU, Arizona, and UCLA. Those are the schools recruiting me the hardest."
As for UNC?
"I would have interest," said Hogg. "I've watched them play a lot. I will have to start looking at players, rosters, past players, just to try and find the best fit."
UCLA Recruiting Hogg Hard
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