Illinois Forward Lists Wake

Joevan Catron is one of the top basketball prospects out of Illinois in the class of 2006. This past weekend at the adidas camp just outside of Atlanta, Georgia, Catron began to make a name for himself, playing well on a team that featured D.J. Augustine, Wayne Ellington, and Vernon Goodridge.

"It was the best competition I've played in a long time," Joevan Catron said of his experience at Nike. "It's fun. It's great being out here in the whole environment. We're playing hard and as a team."

Over 250 prospects were in Georgia at the adidas camp hoping to show college scouts and coaches they were worthy of a college scholarship. "It's the most competition I've had this summer. Everybody's playing hard trying to make it to the All-Star game. Everybody's going to play hard and come at you. They're trying to make a name [for themselves] out there."

Catron has done just that, working with Augustine, Ellington, Goodridge, and his other teammates to have a great camp. "We're playing as a team. I think that's why we're winning. Everybody else is out there doing one-on-one stuff and losing by 30, but we're winning by 30 and looking good."

Although Catron's adidas performance will help increase his interest from colleges, he has already begun to receive mail from a number of schools around the country. To date, Catron has heard from a host of schools around the country including Illinois, Wake Forest, Arizona, Georgia Tech, Kentucky, Florida, Texas, and California.

He notes that he has interest in Wake, but is not familiar with Skip Prosser's program just yet. "I know Tim Duncan's from there but that's about all I know so far about Wake Forest," Catron said.

Still, Catron knows he must continue to work on his game to get scholarship offers from the nation's top programs. "I know need to work on my jumpshot," he said. "One thing I think I do well is drive to the basket but I want to be able to step out and hit the three also. I want to have a good all around game."

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