One of the top in-state prospects in the Class of 2017, the number of schools expressing heavy interest in North Laurel shooting guard Peyton Broughton continues to climb.
The 6-foot-5 prospect from London, Ky., includes scholarship offers from Clemson, Eastern Kentucky, Miami (Oh.), UAB and Western Kentucky among his growing list.
"I'm enjoying it," Broughton said of the recruiting process. "I'm talking to schools on a daily basis. It's going good, so far."
Playing with the Kentucky Travelers during the summer AAU circuit, Broughton proved to have a solid and improving offensive game, highlighted by a strong mid-range jumpshot and ability to attack the rim. His defensive efforts - diving for loose balls, disrupting passing lanes - make him a difference-maker at this point in his career.
"I've played well," he said. "I can shoot the three and pull up game, or I can go hard to the rim. I take pride in my defense."
His play on the defensive end grabbed the attention of college coaches during the recent evaluation period.
"I hear feedback about my defense," he said. "That's mainly the first thing they say to me, is about how they like my defense."
WKU has been recruiting Broughton for a lengthy time and were among the first to extend an offer, doing so on Oct. 18, 2014. He attended WKU's 'Hilltopper Hysteria,' made an unofficial visit for a game last season and reports a "good" relationship with the coaching staff and remains in contact with them "once or twice a week."
"I talk to Coach Boyden mostly, and Coach Harper," he said. "I've not been down there since the end of the season last year, but I plan on going down there sometime soon."
In addition to the Hilltoppers, Broughton added that "Clemson and UAB are probably recruiting me the hardest right now."
He currently has no favorites.
"Not really, it's to soon right now," he said. "I'm probably going to take some visits in August and September before school ball starts."
Broughton averaged 25 points a game for North Laurel last season. He was second on the team in rebounding and led his squad in three-point field goals made, connecting on 36 percent of his long-range attempts.