July 24, 2011

Longhorns keeping eye on Lammert

As the game of basketball continues to evolve fans, coaches, and players are encountering more and more players with unique skill sets. Connor Lammert of San Antonio Churchill High School is one of those prospects that offers a unique skill set for his size and his position. College coaches across the country are starting to take notice as Lammert, who has yet to turn 17 and is a member of the 2012 class, continues to play at a very high level this summer.

"It's been really busy lately," Lammert said about his summer. "I've been enjoying every minute of it. We just had a half of a week break between sessions."

The busy summer period continues for the 6-9 forward. Right now he's in Las Vegas playing in the Las Vegas Live tournament and then he'll drive to Long Beach, California for some more basketball. Traveling around the entire summer playing non-stop basketball, which means sometimes up to four games in a day, is the price high school recruits pay in order to get noticed. Right now, college coaches are noticing Lammert as the youngster continues to shine. The Longhorns are keeping a close eye on this Texas prospect.

"Texas Tech, SMU, TCU, Baylor, and Oklahoma State have offered," stated the left-hander and he recently received an offer from Vanderbilt as well. "I've been talking to UT a lot and Texas A&M a lot. Coach Ogden has been mainly talking to me. Coach Lanier was at the last tournament I was at in Houston and coach Barnes has been mailing me some hand written stuff."

As the list of schools continues to grow for Lammert, he doesn't appear to be in a hurry to make a decision. Once the summer period ends the visits will begin for the talented big man.

"I'm still keeping all of my options open," Lammert stated. "All the schools that have offered me are great schools. I'm going to take some visits after the summer tournaments. I'm planning on visiting Baylor, Texas Tech, SMU, and TCU."

Not many 6-9 players can offer the inside-outside game that this 2012 prospect can. Lammert is a very talented face-up scorer with range that extends to the three-point line, is athletic enough to take bigger players off the dribble, and has a feel for the game that allows him to be talented passer.

"I see myself as a 4-3 not a 3-4," responded Lammert when asked how he views himself as a forward. "I'm more of a face-up kind of guy and I like to find my teammates that way. If they back off, I shoot it. If they're on me, I try to drive. I definitely need to work on strength and speed."

Even though all the big colleges in Texas are recruiting him, location doesn't sound like it will be a factor when Lammert is choosing his college. However, he'll be keeping a close eye on how teams play and what style they implement.

"Location isn't that big [of a deal]," Lammert said. "How the system works. How they run their offense and the whole environment with them and the relationships. I have to like the campus since I'll be spending four years there."

Could Lammert land at a Big 12 campus? We'll have to wait and see.


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