Rice Junior Has Plenty Of Division One Offers

Reporter Brian Towey has an update on the individual game and season of Shane Southwell, a 2010 prospect from Rice High School in New York City. Southwell has several division one offers on the table already ...

Shane Southwell, a 6-foot-6, 200-pound small forward out of Rice (N.Y.) High School in the 2010 class, is an intriguing talent for one of New York City's top programs.

A long, slender wing, the ambidextrous Southwell has point forward-type skills, with excellent vision and playmaking ability. Southwell is able to survey the floor and find open mates or slash to the basket.

Southwell transferred to Rice from All Hallows High School last February and became eligible in January. The transition from one CHSAA program to another with a dramatically different playing style hasn't been as difficult as he'd anticipated.

"It wasn't as hard as I thought," said Southwell. "I went from a slower pace to an aggressive, defensive, transition pace. It's been great."

Rice captured the CHSAA "AA" city championship with a 67-58 win over Christ the King on Sunday.

High majors have Southwell on their watchlists.

"I have offers from Providence, Xavier, Marquette, St. John's, and South Carolina," said Southwell. "I've got interest from West Virginia, Georgia Tech, Seton Hall..a lot of schools. Miami."

Southwell remains flexible with his recruitment.

"I don't have a favorite right now," said Southwell. "There are schools that you dream about, but I don't have a favorite. I'm open."

Southwell says his game is still evolving.

"My game has changed," said Southwell, who runs with the New York Gauchos on the AAU circuit. "I put on a couple of pounds. I think I gained some strength. My jump shot has gotten better. My defense has gotten way better.. My whole game has gotten better."

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