D.J. Foreman Hearing from Kentucky & Many Other Schools
D.J. Foreman’s life has changed dramatically since he played in the Boo Williams Nike EYBL stop this past weekend.
“It’s been crazy,” Foreman told SNY.tv. “My dad told me about all these schools that called. I was trying to take a nap earlier today and I couldn’t even sleep.”
The 6-foot-9, 220-pound 2014 forward from Spring Valley, N.Y., impressed coaches while helping Boo Williams go 5-0 this past weekend. He tallied 30 points on 13-for-18 shooting and added seven rebounds in Sunday’s two games. The Boo Williams team is 8-1 overall in the EYBL.
“He’s very good,” one high-major assistant coach told SNY.tv. “He has high-major potential. He’s a multi-dimensional skilled four man. He has great size, vision and athleticism.”
Foreman, who attends Massanutten (Va.) Military Academy, holds offers from Rhode Island, Providence, Minnesota, Western Kentucky, UAB, Iowa State, Kent State and James Madison, according to his advisor, Mike Moore.
Kentucky, Virginia, Iowa, Temple, Miami and Stanford have shown interest, with Kentucky assistant Orlando Antigua calling Moore on Tuesday.
“He loves him,” Moore said of Antigua. “He absolutely loves him. He feels he has a high motor, can defend and play multiple positions and that’s very intriguing. He’s looking for him for ’14.”
Foreman previously attended Don Bosco Prep, St. Raymond’s in The Bronx and Spring Valley High before going to Massanutten before the 2011-12 school year.
He is considering reclassifying to the Class of 2013, meaning he would be on a college campus in the fall, but he said he prefers to stay at Massanutten until 2014.
“I’m probably leaning more towards 2014,” Foreman said. “I feel like a lot of colleges have seen me but I need to work on my jump shot before I get to college. I want to be a complete player going into college.”
Two schools that appear to have an early edge with Foreman are Rhode Island and Minnesota.
Dwayne Foreman, D.J.’s father, said he may visit Rhode Island by himself this weekend while D.J. takes the SAT.
“Rhode Island is loaded next year,” Moore said. “Dan Hurley is the coach and he’s one of the best developers in the business.”
Meantime, Moore is friendly with Minnesota assistant Kimani Young from their New York days, and Foreman may take a trip to the Big 10 school during the Nike EYBL stop in Minneapolis May 24-27.
While some schools are interested in Foreman for 2013 or ’14, others (like Kentucky and Alabama) could only take him in ’14.
“A tough decision has to be made and we feel he’ll be fine with whatever decision he makes because he has some good options,” Moore said of the reclassifying option.
Said D.J. Foreman: “I don’t really have a dream school. Wherever I can have a good college career and get a good education is the school I want to go to.”
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