When it comes to basketball, there is a lot of talent all through the city of Memphis aka Bluff City. At White Station High School, two players are being heavily watched and they are Chris Chiozza and Leron Black. Before the summer kicked off, Chiozza committed to the Florida Gators while his teammate Black had more thinking to do. Black has name more schools that he is considering including the Memphis Tigers.
At one point, Memphis was not on his list of schools to attend, so what happened? Many thought that both parties had moved on and that this was the end of the process. Hold your horses! Things have picked back up. The 6-7 forward recruitment has grown since last year.
Tigers coach Josh Pastner recruited Black and his new assistant coach, Robert Kirby went after him before he got to Memphis. Heading into this month’s evaluation period, Black has added Memphis to his list.
On Tuesday afternoon, Black mentioned the schools that he is considering attending in the fall of 2014. Black has the urge to go back and forth while deciding, so there is no telling what schools might get cut from his list or what schools will get added.
Illinois, Arizona, Indiana, Tennessee, UConn, Baylor, Louisville, Florida, Ohio State, and Memphis are the schools on his list thus far.
“Things changed when coach Kirby got there,” said Black on Tuesday after returning home from the Lebron James Skills Academy in Las Vegas. “He told me he wanted to recruit me and that, as long as I gave him a chance, he’d recruit me hard. We’ve been close since my freshman year, when he was at Georgetown. I’ve just got a good relationship with him.”
As of right now, Rivals.com has Black rated a five-star prospect. His long wingspan is an difficult task for smaller defenders and he can get to the basket at will or just drop one in his defender’s face from the outside. He committed to Baylor last year, but had a change of heart due to being rushed.
Tola, Black’s mother, values Kirby’s loyalty to her son, even though he bounced from Georgetown to LSU and now to Memphis.
“That’s something I look at, and something I like about Kirby as a person,” said Tola. “That makes it a little bit easier for me if he were to decide to stay here. … A lot of the schools that are at the top, in my mind, it’s the relationships like ours with coach Kirby that stick out in my mind.”
Last weekend, Black told the Louisville-Courier Journal that Memphis is one of the five schools that’s communicating with him the most. With Kirby hunting him down with over 30 years of experience under his belt, it is a plus for Memphis. Black mentioned that Kirby opened his eyes to some things at the U of M.
“He told me how much I could impact the team by spreading the Lord’s word, given the fact that I’m from here and people would listen to me,” said Black, who has previously said his Christian faith is important with his decision. ” He just says that’s the kind of impact I could have.”
I received this information from the Commercial Appeal.