T.J. Leaf Talks Process

T.J. Leaf, the 6-9 post from California, is one of the most heavily recruited 2016 prospects in the country, and he has a plan for his recruitment...

Five-star class of 2016 power forward T.J. Leaf is already in the middle of one of the more intense recruiting battles. Numerous big time powers are making him a top priority, and Leaf has a plan in this process.

At 6-foot-9 with the ability to play inside and out, Leaf is kind of the new age power forward, and he feels all summer long that he proved what he can do.

“I think I had a good summer,” said Leaf. “I think I showed my versatility a lot, and that is the biggest part of my game. Overall I think I played real well and it was a good summer.”

When it comes to his recruitment, Leaf has offers from schools like California, Arizona, Indiana, Michigan, Duke, UCLA, and others.

About the process, Leaf said, “It is kind of overwhelming at times because it seems like you are on the phone or texting someone, but it is great to know all your hard work is paying off.”

One of the schools that has been after Leaf the hardest is Indiana, and Leaf likes what he is hearing from the Hoosiers.

“I like Indiana a lot,” said Leaf. “I like Coach (Tom) Crean and I have a good relationship with him. Also I feel like they use guys the right way and they develop them. Of course I also have family around there so that is a good thing.”

Also in the Midwest, the Michigan Wolverines have made Leaf a priority recruit, and he feels he would fit in well with the program.

“I think I fit in with Michigan just as well as anyone in the country if not better,” explained Leaf. “How they use a point guard, a center, and then three guys around them, I feel like I would fit in as one of those three versatile guys really well.”

Closer to home, UCLA continues to make Leaf a priority and the coaching staff has made a major impression.

“I have a great relationship with Coach (Steve) Alford and Coach (David) Grace,” Leaf said of the Bruins. “I love Coach Alford and how he coaches, and I love how they are building things back up at UCLA. I have as a good a relationship with the UCLA staff as I do anybody.”

Also on the West Coast, Arizona continues to be a major factor with Leaf.

“I am talking to Arizona a lot,” said Leaf. “I talk to Coach (Joe) Pasternack every other day if not every day, and then I also talk to Coach (Sean) Miller a lot as well, and they have a great program.”

In terms of when Leaf wants to make a college decision, he says it will likely be earlier as opposed to later in the process.

“I’d like to commit in maybe February or March, but if something comes up earlier I will do that, or possibly if I am not ready then I will wait,” said Leaf.
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