July 26, 2011

Spicer a top priority for CMU

Dearborn Heights Robichaud (Mich.) power forward Khaliq Spicer has offers from seven schools right now and is gaining interest from some several others, including two that are in the Big East.

The seven schools that have offered the Dearborn native are Central Michigan, Oakland, Western Michigan, Ohio, Saint Bonaventure, Duquesne and Dayton. He says that the Dayton situation could be in flux somewhat because of the changes in their coaching staff. Spicer has also recently drawn interest from Providence, Marquette, Ball State and Indiana State.

The Robichaud power forward says that the three programs that he is most interested in are CMU, Oakland and Western Michigan, but he adds that that list could change as he does more research into different schools. Spicer says that the Chippewas have been showing interest in him since last year and they have said that the CMU coaching staff has expressed that he is a top priority for them.

"They've been talking to me since last year and now, I talk to them every month. They talk to me a lot and they talk to my mom more than any other school."

Spicer's parents, and especially his mom, are very active in the process of picking a school and a program. They were both in Las Vegas over the weekend and into the early part of this week to watch Khaliq play in the Super 64 Tournament with his AAU team, the Michigan Mustangs. They reached the quarterfinals of the tournament. There were 400 total teams in the tournament and 64 that reached the bracket after pool play.

"It makes it (recruiting) easier. For my mom to approve or disapprove of what schools she likes or dislikes is a huge help."

Most schools are looking to play Spicer at the power forward spot, but there is a small possibility that he could eventually move to center in college if he gets stronger. Thus far, he has visited four schools: CMU, Dayton, Xavier and the University of Detroit Mercy.

"I'm looking for a school and a program that a good academic program that can help me in school. I also want coaches that want to help me become a better player to get to the next level."

He is visiting Oakland and WMU sometime in the next month, but his timetable for a verbal commitment still has a few months left.

"I would like to commit during the season at some point, probably around the end of December because I want to be able to go on visits. I thought about doing it in November, but I want to be able to do more research and look into the schools even more."

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