George Staying Patient with College Decision

The West Coast's 3rd-ranked small forward has already committed—and de-committed—twice this year, and he's not rushing into anything the third time around…

Paul George is still uncommitted.

But Wyoming will have to look elsewhere to fill its recruiting needs.

The 6-foot-7 forward from Palmdale, Calif. had originally planned on making a visit to the Cowboy State after obtaining a release from his letter of intent with Pepperdine earlier this month. But after investigating the climate in Laramie a bit more, he changed his mind.

"I just didn't really see too much interest in Wyoming," he said. "That was pretty much the case. I just really thought about it, researched the school, and the weather's not good."

Instead, George made a visit to the much warmer campus of Fresno State, and while he isn't rushing into a decision, the senior came away impressed with the Bulldogs.

"I liked the school," he said. "If anything, I'm sort of leaning toward Fresno State. But who knows? I still want to play some spring ball and hopefully get some looks."

Ranked as the No. 3 small forward on the West Coast by Scout.com recruiting analyst Greg Hicks, George committed to Santa Clara back in early August but changed his mind a few months later and committed to Pepperdine.

"When I took my unofficial (visit to Santa Clara), I didn't really feel the school, and I couldn't really put myself in the position to be able to go there for four years," George said. "I mean, I loved the coaches and the players, but to be somewhere for four years, you got to be comfortable."

He was comfortable with Pepperdine until former head coach Vance Wahlberg resigned in January, a move that prompted George to seek a release.

"That was pretty much the main reason why I de-committed," he said. "The (resignation) from Coach Wahlberg…put me in a tough position."

But George isn't ruling out a potential re-commitment to the Waves.

"Coach Tom Asbury (Wahlberg's replacement), he has (done) a lot of winning and is just a great dude to run a program," George said. "I definitely know he can come and change that (program) around, so they're definitely still at the top of the list."

George holds scholarship offers from Fresno, Pepperdine, UC Santa Barbara and Colorado, and he has been hearing from Iowa recently.

"I definitely would like to play in a bigger conference," he said, "but I would love to be able to play (right away) as well. That's definitely important to me."

He said he plans on playing well into the summer before making any more college decisions.

"I'm definitely waiting," he said. "There's pretty much no point in committing now."

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