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Arizona Transfer Craig Victor Hopes to Decide This Weekend
Arizona transfer Craig Victor is considering numerous future landing spots and hopes to make a decision by this weekend, Gregg Holmes, Victor’s AAU coach from New Orleans Elite, told SNY.tv.
The 6-foot-7 freshman from New Orleans is considering Seton Hall, Tulane, Oklahoma State, San Diego State, LSU, Oklahoma and Tennessee. He averaged 3.1 points and 1.1 rebounds per game at Arizona, and will be eligible after the first semester in 2015-16.
Holmes said no visits are planned, but he could potentially take one later this week.
“He’s not really comfortable on taking a visit,” Holmes said. “He wants to get it done and enroll in school and start the process.”
Holmes added that Victor will make a decision “by this weekend for sure.”
Here are Holmes’ comments on several of the schools:
Seton Hall: “He has a good relationship with Isaiah Whitehead. When they first heard he was transferring, Isaiah was the first one to give him a call. He knows Isaiah from camps and they always were on the same team and always were roommates at the camps.”
Oklahoma State: “They were one of the first ones to recruit him. They recruited him when he was young. He has his old AAU teammate, Tyree Griffin, playing there since he was 12 years old. He’s familiar with the staff.”
LSU: “LSU always recruited him and he’s good with Johnny Jones. [LSU commit] Ben [Simmons] actually gave him a call and he and Ben know each other from camps. And Jarell Martin was his AAU teammate and Jarell played for me. Familiarity is a big pattern with some of the schools he’s looking at.”
Oklahoma: “They recruited him. He likes their style of play, he likes the way their fours play and that’s the major position he will be in, a stretch four who can handle the ball. They do well with their fours, and that’s a great fit for him.”
Tulane: “It’s home. The conference, [assistant coach] Quannas White is a former AAU coach of mine that coached with me. It’s home, a lot of his former classmates went to Tulane.”
San Diego State: “He loves the way they play. They’re wide open. [Tulane] transfer Josh Davis flourished there. Position, style of play is big. He’s been knowing Winston Shepard since he was a little kid.”
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.
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