As one of the southeast region's top perimeter shooters 2009 SG Robbie Dreher of Southside High School has been showing potential college coaches that he's more than a deadly shooter lately. After helping Southside win the AA state championship this year after falling in the championship game two seasons ago Dreher has added offers at a steady pace. We caught up with Dreher for an update on the very latest as two new schools have made Dreher a high priority.
"I'm starting to hear from Auburn and James Madison. They've been calling me and sending me mail. I've been talking to Auburn's assistant coach Cooper the most. He came down to Southside and liked the workout. He said that he's gonna watch me play in Cincinnati and wants to see if I fit in with what they are looking for. Coach Cooper is actually from this area as a matter of fact. He's a real cool dude. They say they just like everything they've seen so far from me."
"James Madison also wants me to come up there for an unofficial. Coach Jackson sent them the state championship tape and they are showing a lot of interest too."
Previously the South Carolina Gamecocks coaching staff started to show Dreher and teammate Quinton Thomas attention after previously recruiting them while they were at Western Kentucky. Are the Gamecocks still showing interest now that another ACC program is really high on Dreher? "I haven't heard from South Carolina so I'm not sure what's going on with them. I haven't heard from them since they came to the open gym workout with Quinton and myself."
As he's been on a tear recently during the AAU circuit other schools are actively taking notice. "Things have been going well for me lately. I guess it picked up for me after I got hurt at the first AAU tournament and I had to come off the bench. I really didn't like coming off the bench but it made me work that much harder. I have been starting the last two tournaments. It made me feel like my stock was dropping and it was a wakeup call for me to step it up and work even harder. I am lifting weights three times and putting in the extra work I need to. I am at 182 pounds now. I've been working on my ballhandling mainly and trying to get quicker."
Dreher and his Carolina Celtics teammates have been playing at a high level and he talked about it. "We played against John Wall and D-One Sports. He had 31 but he had 20 something free throws. I had 18 points against them but I fouled out with 5 minutes to go. I played pretty well that game. Also during the first game of the Bob Gibbons TOC I put up twentysomething (we found out later 28)."
"The game we lost to the Georgia Blazers and I had 22 but I was upset that I missed a couple of clutch free throws. I felt it was my fault that we lost that game. Coach Campbell and Coach McNeely sat me down and told me that it wasn't my fault but that if it hadn't been for me we wouldn't have been in position to have a chance to win."
We talked with Carolina Celtics head coach Jonathan Campbell about his AAU pupil's game so far this AAU season. He offered a strong statement about Dreher's play as of late. "Robbie has really made me proud. To be honest he's been playing the best out of everybody on the team. He has worked very hard and is putting it all out on the court and it shows." Considering that the Celtics boast other top prospects from the state such as Devin Booker, Khris Middleton, and Kenneth Manigault you can get a sense of just how much Dreher has taken his game to another level.
Robbie and the Celtics will be heading to Cincinnati to play in The Take 5 Classic. We will keep you posted as Auburn and James Madison very well could be the next offers for Southside's Robbie Dreher should he continue his strong play.