Georgia Power Forward talks Vanderbilt

KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- Desmond Ringer is a player who has been on the national radar for quite some time now. A 6-foot-9, 220-pound power forward, Ringer has a chiseled frame and is garnering looks from numerous high-major schools.

Ringer is currently with Southern Select at AAU Nationals at the ESPN Wide World of Sports. had the opportunity to catch up with him on the first day of the event to talk recruiting and more.

The class of 2013 big man listed scholarship offers from Cincinnati, Marquette, DePaul, Minnesota, UCF, South Florida, Mercer, Tulane, Vanderbilt, North Florida, and Auburn.

In addition, Ringer said he is hearing from Clemson, Florida, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Mississippi State, and others.

"I'm still open right now, not necessarily favorites [for me]," Ringer said, "but I'll be narrowing things down after July."

Ringer elaborated a bit on the process by which he plans to trim his list down.

"After July I might narrow it down to like 10 and then narrow it down to like five, narrow it down more," Ringer said.

The rising senior said that Mercer, Minnesota, UCF, Cincinnati, and Marquette are amongst the schools that will make his shortened list. Additionally, Ringer said that Cincinnati and Mississippi State are the two schools coming at him the hardest.

Ringer also noted that he would like to sign in the early period and he explained why that is.

"Just to get the whole process out of the way so I can focus on school and a state championship," Ringer said.

The Peach State standout said he has visited Auburn, Georgia Tech, Georgia, and UCF thus far. He has no trips planned right now, but he expects to go on some more visits.

"I plan on visiting all schools that offered me," Ringer said, "most of them [at least]."

Ringer, who said he holds a 3.6 GPA, mentioned that academics will be a big part of his decision. He talked about what else he is looking for in a school.

"Place where I fit in, great coaching staff," Ringer said. "Place where I fit in [and where the] coaching staff will be there for me, where I can develop my game."

Ringer said he feels like Vanderbilt is a school that fits that mold and discussed what he likes about the SEC program.

"Vandy is a good academic school," Ringer said. "I watched them a couple times, like how they play. I know that they could get me to the League."

Just what about Vanderbilt's style of play is appealing to Ringer? "I like the fact that they run up and down," he said. "I feel like I can run the floor."

Ringer said he is being recruited to Vandy by Tom Richardson and he shared his thoughts on the assistant coach.

"He's very cool," Ringer said. "I like him a lot."

At this point in time, Ringer said he has yet to speak with Vanderbilt head coach Kevin Stallings.

Ringer also took the time to describe the type of player that he is, beginning with his main strengths on the court.

"My footwork in the post and my rebounding," Ringer said of his best attributes as a player.

As for his chief weakness, he remarked, "My jump shot. I can shoot it, [I am just not doing so] with confidence right now."

Ringer said his favorite players are Derrick Favors, who he grew up watching, and Thomas Robinson, whose footwork he likes. However, he feels he plays like a different player.

"Tim Duncan," Ringer said of who he compares his game to. "I'm very fundamental." Top Stories