NEW YORK — Kuran Iverson says Florida may be the “best choice” for him as he heads toward a college decision in the near future.
“Florida’s showing me a lot of love. I think that might be the best choice,” the 6-foot-9 Iverson told SNY.tv exclusively after being named Co-MVP of the NYC squad following a 20-point, 5-rebound, 4-dunk performance as the USA team beat the NYC team, 87-86, Saturday night in the Big Strick Classic at City College of New York.
SNY.tv exclusively reported Friday that Iverson, a Connecticut native who will spend his senior season at Fishburne (Va.) Military Academy, is focusing on four schools: Florida, UConn, Syracuse and Memphis.
He visited UConn last week and still plans to visit the other three before making a decision.
Iverson said the UConn visit went well.
“The UConn visit was alright,” he said. “I’ve been there like 80 times so I already know what it is. I went up there, I talked to [assistant coach Kevin] Ollie. We stayed in the office. He showed me all the trophies and stuff. He just welcomed me, he told me he wants me to be a part of the program.
“Coach [Jim] Calhoun wasn’t really there [because of his biking injury].”
Iverson said he didn’t really think Syracuse was that interested in him.
“Syracuse, I been talking to coach [Adrian] Autry but not really,” Iverson said. “He’s been on and off.”
Asked if he thought Syracuse was feeling him, Iverson said, “Not really. not really.”
As for Memphis, Iverson said, “Memphis, they’re a good school, too. They might be a choice, too.”
Still, Florida seems to be the top option at this point.
“I talk to [head coach] Billy Donovan and the rest of the assistant coaches all the time,” Iverson said. “They call me like every day.
“They say I play my position. The three, I play two sometimes, and the one.”
Asked if he had decided on a school in his own mind, Iverson said, “I’m still deciding.”
Wherever he lands, New York recruiting expert Tom Konchalski says that school will be getting a “great talent.”
“He rebounds, he scores inside, he’s a great talent,” Konchalski said. “Absolutely a great talent.
“The last six months, there’s been a tremendous change in his approach to the game. He’s playing terrific.”
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