Conley's "Confused" About His Recruitment

After visiting Ohio State last weekend Mike Conley was in Bloominton, Indiana for the adidas May Classic. The 6-foot-1 point guard discussed his visit to Buckeye country and the positives of possibly becoming a Demon Deacon.

Bloomington, IN.--With Greg Oden and Aaron Pogue not in attendance, Mike Conley took over and led the Spiece Indy Heat this weekend. Conley, who is ranked as one of the top point guards in the class of 2006, showed his ability to take over a game with out scoring.

The Lawrence North HS product ran the offense to perfection this weekend and displayed his quickness and keen passing ability. But, it's not like his play in the adidas May Classic has been any different than his play in previous tournaments. In the Spiece Run N' Slam two weekends ago, he led his AAU team to the championship and he received the MVP honors.

"I think I've played pretty good. I got the MVP at the last tournament, I did a lot of things in that tournament," Conley said of his play this summer. "Unfortunately we lost in the Arkansas tournament. But I think I've play pretty good."

Conley and his Spiece Indy Heat team went on to win the adidas May Classic held in Bloomington, Indiana this weekend.

While he led his AAU team to a number of victories this weekend, last weekend he was on an official visit to Ohio State University with his running mate Greg Oden.

"It was good. I had a lot of fun up there," Conley said. "It was a big school. I didn't know how big it was until I visited. I had a lot of fun up there."

Thad Matta, the OSU head coach, had plenty of time to talk with the pair of recruits as he drove to Indianapolis and picked up the duo and drove them to Columbus for the visit. So what did Matta tell Conley?

"Basically if I come the ball is in my hands and I can run the show," Conley replied. "They are going to play the up-tempo style game if he gets the right people in the program."

Wake Forest has been recruiting Conley for quite a long time, and was recognized as his leader for a number of months. But with Daequan Cook committing to the Buckeyes, the tide seemed to have changed to Ohio State's favor. So have the Buckeyes taken over the Demon Deacons as his new leader?

"Maybe a little bit. Ohio State is definitely in the running. They have come a long way. But Wake Forest is still right there," Conley claimed. "I'm really confused right now and I really don't know what to do. Ohio State is closer to home, and Wake Forest is in the ACC, and I like that a lot. It's going to be a tough decision."

So does Wake Forest still have a shot at getting Conley?

"Definitely," Conley exclaimed. "Basically I want to play against the best competition and that's what the ACC gives you. Wake Forest is a guard oriented team, and Skip knows how to handle the guards, and I'd like to be apart of that."

His decision seems to be confusing and certainly will be a tough one to make. Conley seems a bit perplexed and said that he's going to think about his decisions and some other factors.

"I'm trying to wait until the NBA ruling comes in," Conley stated. "Greg wants to wait and see if they are going to make him play two years in college. He wants to wait for that."

While many analysts have Greg Oden marked as the number one pick in the 2006 draft, Conley says Oden going to college is still an option.

"I really do," Conley said when asked if he thought Oden would attend college. But I'm not sure how much money they are going to put on the table for him. I don't think he's ever experienced that."


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