Valentine Has Offers In Two Sports

Drew Valentine, a small forward from J.W. Sexton HS (Lansing, MI) has a handful of offers from mid-major schools. He is continuing to improve as a player and is playing all over the Midwest this summer. We talked to Drew to see which schools are in the running for this talented Lansing native.

Drew Valentine is a fine two-sport athlete in football and basketball. On the gridiron, he is the Big Reds' field general at quarterback, on the basketball court he is a versatile small forward with a busy schedule ahead.

"I am going to three team camps with my High School team Lansing Sexton; Michigan St. June 13-15th, Eastern Michigan June 21-22, and Oakland University on June 28th," Valentine said, "Also I'm playing in three AAU tournaments; the Adidas Take 5 Classic in Cincinnati July 5-7th, the Best of Midwest tournament in Indianapolis July 11-13th, and the Adidas Super 64 July 22-26th."

The 6'6, 200-lb Valentine is working hard on making himself into a better basketball player, saying, "To improve my game I'm currently working on my physical strength, my shooting (mid-range, and 3-point), and ball-handling the most. I am also working on every other aspect of my game."

With his busy schedule soon ahead he will get plenty of chances to show his improvements throughout the summer months. "Right now the best part of my game offensively is my versatility and ability to create mismatches on the floor. Along with that I have the ability to defend three different positions on the floor (both wing positions and power forward)."

Valentine plays for the Michigan Mustangs under Coach Rod Watts for AAU basketball. During his junior season and on the AAU circuit a few players impressed him in the State of Michigan. "I would say Duke Mondy, Trey Zeigler, Alex Gauna, Mike Talley III and Vonn Jones." During his junior season Valentine averaged 14 points, 12 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 blocks, and 3 steals a game and he led Lansing Sexton to a 19-3 record. "During my senior season I'm most looking forward to winning state championships in football and basketball, and hopefully winning Mr. Basketball."

Drew also has a scholarship offer from Western Michigan to play football, but says he is not interested in playing football at the college level. He wants to mainly focus on basketball.

As for his recruiting he has a handful of offers and has visited many schools thus far. He has current offers from Eastern Michigan, Western Michigan, Central Michigan, Fairfield, Oakland, Toledo, and Rice.

"I've visited Oakland, Michigan St, Eastern Michigan, Xavier, Toledo, and Western Michigan," he said. He has had the longest contact with Oakland and Michigan St. "The Key Factors that I will use to make my decision would have to be; 1.playing time, 2.tradition of program like if it's headed in the right direction, 3.style of play, 4.education, 5.facilities. My current leaders are Oakland, Drake, and George Mason."

Drew will be playing basketball all summer long. He has a lot to think about as far as where he will play college basketball at. I plan on making my college choice at the end of July or the early signing period in November. Drew is a very intelligent person and I'm sure he will make the right choice in the end. It will be intriguing to watch and I will keep you updated on the latest with Drew Valentine's recruitment in the coming months.


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