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Thursday / April 18.
  • Three Schools Working Hardest for 2019 Armaan Franklin

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    Armaan Franklin, the 6-foot-4 combo guard from Cathedral (IN) High School, told ZAGSBLOG on Tuesday that Xavier, Ohio State, and Butler are the three schools recruiting him the hardest. He broke down each program.

    Xavier: “I like their whole coaching staff. They’re all about player development. They sat me down and showed me Trevon Bluiett’s whole progression and how he’s improved from his freshman to senior year and how I can develop like that.”

    Ohio State: “I really like their staff. I’ve always been a fan of Coach [Chris] Holtmann when he was at Butler.”

    Butler: Coach [Lavall] Jordan is a really good guy. He’s a good coach from what I see, and he’s a family oriented man. He brings those guys together, and I’d like to see what he does with his own recruiting classes because not many of those players are his guys.

    Franklin has become one of the breakout recruits this year in the Midwest and has also been hearing from Louisville, Purdue, UCLA, Florida State, and Texas

    “A couple of months ago I wouldn’t have imagined these schools would be interested in me because I was a low-major prospect,” Franklin said. “It’s pretty eye-opening, just have to keep being hungry and try and get more.”

    “I like being aggressive,” Franklin said of what he brings to the table. “I like playing both sides of the ball. I like defense as much as offense. I like to get up in people and try to force steals so we can run out and get in transition. I’ve taken on the point guard role so I have to be more focal and I’ve learned to become a leader.”

    As far as what he wants in a school, Franklin said, “I want to go to a school where I’m most comfortable with being the shy kid. I want to be in a place where I can open up more, experience more things, and be around people that I’m comfortable with. It’s all about being comfortable with me and being with a good coaching staff.”

    Franklin said he wants to start making his official visits in the fall, and might make his decision after the AAU season heading into the fall.

    According to 247Sports, Franklin is a four-star prospect and the No. 103 player in the class of 2019.

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