Belton Talks Recruiting

Salem, Virginia forward Kenny Belton is one of the state of Virginia's top prospects from the class of 2007. A 6-6, 215-pounder, Belton is already hearing from many of the top schools around the region.

This past weekend, Kenny Belton was in Charlottesville, Virginia, playing in the Southern Invitational Tournament on the campus of the University of Virginia. DeaconSports caught up with Belton shortly after his Friday night contest against the I-270 Road Warriors-Blue.

Though Belton is an elite prospect out of the Commonwealth of Virginia in '07, playing time on Boo Williams has been tough to come by as the team is loaded with top talent. On Boo Williams' roster is 2007 top 25 prospect Chris Wright, guard Stefan Welsh who has major D-I offers in basketball and football, Oklahoma-bound guard Scott Reynolds, Maryland-bound guard Eric Hayes, one of the nation's top ten 2006 prospects in Vernon Macklin, rising prospect Duke Crews who has big-time offers, and Lewis Witcher, a forward who has offers from the likes of Maryland and Virginia Tech. "Being [with Boo Williams] has been pretty good so far," Belton said. "It's great competition and you have to work hard for minutes. You've always got to come out and do your best."

Though Belton puts forth his best effort each night out, Friday night's performance was not one of his better showings according to the Salem, Virginia forward. "I thought I played a little rusty," he noted, "and I didn't have my best day on the court. I'll get over that, but I still have lots of work to do." Belton mentioned that he is currently working hard improving his outside shot as well as his ball handling.

Although Belton was hesitant to name favorites, he did rundown some of the schools that are interested in him at this juncture in his recruitment. "Pretty much all of the ACC schools are really interested," he said. "Those plus a whole lot of others. Schools like Indiana and Illinois."

When asked about the Demon Deacon program, Belton mentioned that he continues to hear from the Deacons. "I still hear from them here and there," Belton said. "It's a great school, and great program, and I like how they play."

To date, Belton has already been invited to and has visited the likes of North Carolina, Wake Forest, NC State and Virginia Tech.


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