Kuran Iverson has a top three.
The No. 3 small forward in the Class of 2013 told SNY.tv his top three consists of “Kentucky, Syracuse or UConn.”
The 6-foot-9, 215-pound Iverson out of Hartford (Conn.) Northwest Catholic is considered a future pro by many.
“If he puts his mind to it and puts the work in, there’s no doubt he can go to the NBA,” Andre Harrington, Iverson’s mentor, told SNY.tv. “Talent’s there, the height’s there, the gifts are there, it’s just the work ethic. He has to go harder at it.”
Iverson’s recruitment is still fluid considering he’s only a rising junior. When college coaches began calling 2013 prospects at midnight Wednesday, Iverson said he heard from Florida, North Carolina, Louisville, Iowa State, Syracuse, Texas Tech, West Virginia and Virginia Tech.
Yet he likes the three aforementioned schools the most.
“Syracuse, he likes that four out, one in [offense],” Harrington said. “He likes the zone.”
“Kentucky , [coach John] Calipari just lets you play.”
Added Iverson: “Calipari talks to my high school coach all the time.”
UConn is the local school and Iverson has been there unofficially several times.
“He said because it’s close and they’ve always been good,” Harrington said. “Calhoun doesn’t take any bull.”
Iverson is also a big Kemba Walker fan and has played with him during pickup games.
“A couple times they were in the gym, they went at it a couple times,” Harrington said.
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