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Devon Collier Will Visit 5 Schools; Seton Hall to Visit Leslie in Home
Fresh off his in-home visit Monday night with Seton Hall head coach Bobby Gonzalez and assistant coaches Derm Player and Scott Adubato, Devon Collier says he will take five official visits.
“The schools I will visit are Providence, Seton Hall, Oregon State, St. John’s and probably Maryland,” the 6-foot-8, 210-pound Collier said Tuesday by phone from St. Anthony.
“I don’t have any favorite. I’m still open,” he added.
Collier, the No. 25 power forward and No. 134 senior prospect according to Rivals, confirmed that Rutgers was no longer on his list. He has yet to set any dates for taking officials.
Gonzalez and his staff met with Collier, his father, Red, and New Heights coach Adam Berkowitz for about 45 minutes Monday night.
“It went good,” Collier said. “They were telling us about the academics, about the system and the style they play. How I would best fit their program. They gave us some game DVD highlights to see how they play.
“They were there for like 45 minutes. We had a good conversation. My father seemed to like them.”
Next up for Collier is a Friday meeting with Oregon State head coach Craig Robinson, the brother-in-law of President Barack Obama.
“Oregon State is coming on Friday,” Collier said. “They’re coming to the open gym to see me play. The assistants said they liked the way I play.”
Collier said he feels fine physically and has been working out daily at St. Anthony for the upoming season.
“Everything’s OK,” he said. “I’m getting stronger.”
SETON HALL NOTES**According to sources on the Seton Hall staff, Gonzalez will meet next Monday with Collier’s New Heights teammate JayVaughn Pinkston of Bishop Loughlin. The visit was postponed from this week.
**Gonzalez will fly to North Carolina for an in-home visit Wednesday with C.J. Leslie (pictured), the No. 4 PF in the nation out of Raleigh Word of God. Kentucky and North Carolina are also involved with Leslie.
**Gonzo also went to see Seton Hall Prep junior PG Sterling Gibbs on Tuesday and St. Peter’s Prep F Ronald Roberts last Friday.
ST. ANTHONY NOTES
Senior guard Elijah Carter has an in-home with Robert Morris coach Mike Rice on Wednesday and will take an unofficial to La Salle on Friday. Rutgers has expressed interest in 6-7 senior forward Derrick Williams, who is also considering Richmond, Temple, George Mason and St. Bonaventure.
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