Southern's List Taking Shape

Josh Southern's recruitment is beginning to take shape. Last week he was able to add yet another Big Ten offer to his growing list of suitors.

AAU tournaments can take a lot out of a player, especially if you are 6-foot-9 and 230 pounds like Saginaw (Mich.) High's Josh Southern. Play in a few of them during the month of April and the accumulation of the month hits you.

"After a long, long tournament after going to the semifinals my legs hurt, my arms might hurt," Southern said. "I could probably use a week off without doing anything."

Weeks off in the spring and summer are few and far between. Kids try to make the most of their weekends and better there games and standing in the eyes of college coaches. So far this spring with the Michigan Mustangs, Southern has solidified his status as a Top 100 player.

"I think I got better (this spring) but there's always things to work on," Southern said. "I can get more aggressive and finish. Explosively, I'm not there yet but I've been working on squatting and lifting weights."

Southern said Boston College, Kentucky, Michigan State, Tennessee, Ohio State and Wake Forest are on him with the most intensity. Last week, according to Southern, Ohio State came forth and made a scholarship offer.

One of the interesting parts of Southern's recruitment has been the Kentucky connection. His high school coach played for Tubby Smith. That connection has the Wildcats in the hunt. "They're strong right now at this point," Southern said. "They've been calling me and sending messages and letting me know they're still interested."

While schools checked out Southern during the April evaluation period, he was checking them out behind the scenes on the internet.

"The internet does wonders. It's so easy to go on there and find what you're looking for. I go to the different college websites and check it out.

"I'm just doing my homework and looking around. I'll look at who my teammates are and who they're recruiting."


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