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Shane Southwell, who recently interviewed LeBron James for BET, took his first official visit this weekend to Kansas State but did not make a commitment.
The 6-foot-6, 205-pound Southwell, a small forward out of Rice High, is ranked No. 123 among players in the Class of 2010 by Rivals and No. 26 among small forwards.
“Everything went well [on the visit],” Southwell said. “The players treated me with a lot of love. Coach Frank Martin treated me with love. The atmosphere was great. I saw a football game [in which Kansas State beat Tennessee Tech, 49-7].”
Southwell said he isn’t yet prepared to name Kansas State his leader. South Carolina is also involved.
“I don’t know. I’m still have to sit down with mom [Susan] and talk to the rest of my coaching staff at Rice to see what’s going on.”
Southwell was hosted by former Rice big man Curtis Kelly and Portchester’s Jordan Henriquez.
“Curtis and Jordan were my hosts,” he said. “I knew them very well even before the visit. Now it’s those two are my men.”
Southwell has had a big couple of days. He recently interviewed LeBron after he and his Rice teammates attended a shooting of 106 & Park.
“They shouted me and Kadeem [Jack] out saying we’re some of the top players in New York. They asked me if I wanted to interview LeBron for BET,” Southwell said. “I was nervous.”
But you got his cell phone, right?
“I wish,” Southwell said. “I didn’t even ask him.”
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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.