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Billy Preston, the 6-foot-10 Class of 2017 forward from Oak Hill Academy (VA), has opted to open up his recruitment.
Preston had been focusing on Kansas, USC and Maryland, and he’s slated to take an official visit to Kansas this weekend for “Late Night in the Phog.”
“After talking with my family and starting my senior year at Oak Hill Academy, I have decided to open my recruitment up and explore what schools would best fit for me as a student-athlete,” Preston said. “I am looking forward to taking official visits and have no time table for making my final decision.”
Indiana head coach Tom Crean was in recently to see Preston, as was Kentucky assistant Kenny Payne. Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim is expected on Monday.
Preston took unofficial visits to Maryland twice and plans to eventually take his official.
“Coach [Mark] Turgeon is a great coach, and he’s definitely a player’s coach,” he said recently. “He told me since I’m a versatile player, I could play anywhere on the court that he sees is best for me.”
A Los Angeles native, Preston said he’s already familiar with USC’s campus. He said he visits it frequently when he is home.
The senior has above average ball handing skills for his size and is a good rim protector.
“He’s a great player,” Marvin Bagley III , the No. 1 player in the Class of 2018, said of Preston this spring. “He does a lot of things well. He drives the ball. He scores the ball, rebounds extremely well, so it was a good experience to go up against guys like that.”
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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.