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Billy Preston Focusing on 4 Schools, But Remains Open
Billy Preston, the 6-foot-9, 237-pound forward from Oak Hill Academy (VA), is focusing on four schools but says he remains open in his recruitment.
“I’m pretty open but I kind of got a feeling on where it’s between,” he told Brett Regan of FloHoops.com. “It’s between four schools — Kansas, Indiana, Syracuse and USC. But I’m still open, so it’s not like I’m closing my recruitment or cutting my list or anything. But that’s just four main schools that are really in mind right now.
“They just been recruiting me for a while now, and showing the most interest, showing that I’m a priority and I can come to the school, come to the program and change a couple things.”
A California native, Preston has visited all four schools in recent weeks, concluding with USC this past weekend.
At this point, Preston will likely sign late.
“Most likely, I’m going to wait till the spring,” he told ZAGSBLOG recently.
Preston is ranked No. 20 in the Class of 2017 by ESPN.com and No. 16 by Scout.com, but Oak Hill coach Steve Smith isn’t buying it.
“He’s [a] top-5 [player] in the country, I don’t care what scouting services say,” Smith said of Preston. “Nobody has his skill level and upside at 6-9. He can score off the bounce, get to the rim, shoot the three, and pass and handle like a guard.”
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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.
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