June is almost gone. With July just upon us in a few days AAU basketball is already in full swing. Many prospects are trying to land that first scholarship offer while others like Robbie Dreher are trying to land additional offers. Dreher holds 6 scholarship offers currently but he's been on the road when AAU play allows trying to see what a few programs recruiting him are all about.
Dreher made the ride up to Virginia to check out James Madison University with his AAU coach Jonathan Campbell on Monday. "Yeah we got a chance to tour the campus and check it out. We spoke for a while with coach Brady and coach "Bino" (asst. Orlando Ranson). They have been recruiting me for a while now. I got a chance to play pickup with some of their current players on the team." Having a chance to run with D1 players who are all bigger and stronger may have deflated many high school prospects but Dreher relished the opportunity and made the most of it. "It was pretty good. They obviously play at a higher level of speed but I did pretty well and it was a lot of fun."
His AAU coach had this to say about one of his star players. "He held his own against those guys." "The Boss" as he is affectionately known due to his stunning resemblance to rapper Rick Ross saw that Dreher liked his time at JMU. He also said that coach Brady and coach Bino were great hosts showing the 2009 prospect around campus before departing so he could get a few games in with the players.
Dreher was somewhat surprised at how well he fared given the level of competition was obviously a few notches higher than what he's used to seeing during the regular and AAU season. "I shot the ball really well. I think I surprised the guys I played with. You know you have to step it up a level because you can't always get to the bucket because there's usually a 6'10 guy in the paint waiting on you. It was good though. It also helped in that I know what I need to work on with my game."
Although the visit went extremely well an offer wasn't extended but he was offered some important information. "They (coach Brady & coach Bino) said they want me but they didn't offer. They are going to follow me closely in July and they like the way I play and everything. I think if I play well during the next couple of tournaments they may go ahead and offer me then. It's up to me to go out and play well."
On Wednesday he along with 2009 teammate Quinton Thomas made the short ride down to Columbia to check out the South Carolina Gamecocks. The pair has been to Columbia numerous times to visit unofficially but they went down to play some pickup games with current and former Gamecocks players.
"Yeah it was a lot of fun. Me and Quinton went down together to play pickup ball. I played on a team with Mike Holmes. We were talking junk with one another beforehand though. He was saying that we won the state championship this year because he wasn't at Lee Central now."
The duo spoke with the coaching staff and were told that they'd continue to track their AAU progress during July. "They said that they've seen that I've been getting better since AAU started this season. They've been watching me and noticed."
USC isn't the only SEC school taking a long look at Dreher. Auburn continues to stay in constant contact with the state's best pure shooter in 2009. Like JMU and USC, Auburn will be watching his play next month and an offer could possibly be in the works if they find his game a good fit for their program.
Dreher's six offers consist of Winthrop, Furman, South Carolina State, Charleston Southern, Buffalo, and USC Upstate. He says Winthrop and Furman also remain heavily involved on a regular basis as they try to secure one of the state's best prospects and keep him close to home.
As of right now Dreher says that James Madison, Winthrop, and Furman are recruiting him the hardest. Radford and Western Carolina have been in contact as of the past week as well. Radford in fact called Dreher as he was returning from James Madison on Monday.
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