Two Recruiting Ali Hardest

LAS VEGAS - Prince Ali entered the LeBron James Skills Academy known as one of the nation's top slashers, but left proving he's more than that. Who is recruiting the four-star prospect the hardest?

One of the biggest stock risers from the LeBron James Skills Academy was 6-foot-3, 180-pound Weston (Fla.) Sagemont Upper School 2015 shooting guard Prince Ali.

A player who always been known for his athleticism and ability to get to the basket, Ali proved himself as a kid who is improving his jumper, which is a good sign for his future given his elite status as a slasher.

Ali stepped into Las Vegas with the goal of proving his ability to knock down shots.

“People don’t really give me as much credit as I feel like I deserve for my jump shot so I’ve definitely been in the gym working on it,” Ali said.

“I feel like I’ve proven myself. I went out there, played well and I feel like I shot the ball well. One of the biggest knocks on me is that I can’t really shoot that well and I feel like I can shoot better than people give credit for.”

The improvement of his jumper, Ali says, is a result of a lot of hours in the gym.

“It’s evolved tremendously,” he said. “I used to always rely on going to the basket, but now that I can shoot it better, I mix it up. I can shoot from midrange or three.”

There are two schools currently recruiting Ali the hardest – UCLA and Michigan - and he broke down what he likes about both of them.

UCLA: “First and foremost, California is a beautiful place to be. UCLA is pretty much the mecca of college basketball. They’ve had so many professional basketball players go through there. It’s a great place to be.”

UCLA, in fact, just formally offered Ali Tuesday.

Michigan: “John Beilein develops pros; he just takes you in and develops you. If you look at guys like Nik Stauskas and Trey Burke, they were three or four stars when they got there but they became lottery picks.”

With the way Ali played at LeBron, his recruitment is likely to pick up, and he’s already heard from at least one new coaching staff.

“The newest school I’ve heard from is probably Louisville,” said Ali. “I know that Rick Pitino is a legendary coach, his players generally love him and he makes his players better.”

Ali says his current plan is to make a commitment before his high school season, but for now he’s focused on the next couple weeks.

“I’m just going to keep playing basketball,” he said. “I want to finish out the month of July and then see who I want to visit.”

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