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Aundre Hyatt weighing reclassification, talks top schools
Aundre Hyatt made news last summer when he opted to reclassify to the Class of 2019 from 2018 and also announced he was transferring to the Miller School (VA) from White Plains (N.Y.) Archbishop Stepinac.
Stepinac has moved on without him, winning the prestigious Torrey Pines Holiday Classic over the holidays, while Hyatt’s team is currently 8-2.
On the recruiting front, the 6-foot-6, 215-pound Hyatt lists Seton Hall, Rutgers, LSU, Virginia Tech and Florida State among the schools working hardest.
“I visited Rutgers and Seton Hall since they’re close to home,” The Bronx native said by phone.
He’s still weighing going to college in 2018 or ’19 and said he will decide “probably in the spring.”
He broke down several of his top schools:
Rutgers: “Rutgers just wants me to jump in and enjoy the program. They said they’ll take me in either ’18 or ’19. It doesn’t matter. They just want a shooter.”
Seton Hall: “Seton Hall basically says the same thing. We need a wing that can shoot it. That’s why they’re recruiting me.”
Florida State: “They reached out and offered me, so did Virginia Tech. They said that they need a wing shooter as well and I should improve on my defense.”
Virginia Tech: “They said they need someone to replace Chris Clarke and I could be their guy. They need a shooter to space the floor.”
LSU: “LSU said that they really need a shooter bad to help out the program because they don’t really have that good of wings. They’re going to have a good 2018 class. And they said I could be really good in the 2019 class.”
Hyatt may take a few more visits in the coming months and hopes to visit Oregon, which has also offered.
“I really want to visit Oregon, hopefully visit LSU and Florida State,” he said.
Wherever he goes, he plans to be a “three-level scorer, either at the two or the three,” he said. “I feel like I’ll be a defensive presence because I’ve been working at it pretty hard. And just a team player.”
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Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.