September 26, 2011

Three star point guard set to visit this week

When 2012 point guard prospect Kareem Canty looks at Marshall, he sees opportunity.

An opportunity to play for a program on an upswing. An opportunity to play for a coach who he says has shown him the most interest of any recruiting him. And an opportunity to dominate Conference USA.

Thursday, Canty will have the opportunity to see all of the above in person.

That's when the 6'1, 175-lbs point guard from North Bridgton, Maine will make his official visit to Huntington.

Canty is ranked the No. 25 point guard in the country by, and No. 121 overall in the class of 2012.

He is currently a three star prospect, but was once a four star.

He confirmed to HerdNation, his final two are Seton Hall and Marshall.

So what about Marshall has stood out to Canty during the recruiting process?

"Coach Herrion," Canty said. "He does the direct work staying in touch with me that other coaches have their assistants do.

"It makes me feel wanted."

Canty said distance from home will not play a factor in his decision of where to play, and he didn't care about the perception of the Big East being the super-conference in basketball.

Seton Hall is in the mix, and the Big East school has recruited Canty the longest, he said.

But Marshall has recruited him the hardest.

"I feel like I could dominate Conference USA," Canty said.

He wouldn't tip his hand on a favorite, but is planning to make his decision after his visit to Marshall.

The Herd having a senior point guard in Damier Pitts also plays a factor in the Herd's favor. Like Pitts, Canty would like to start from game one.

Canty's list of schools shrank after he said he got in trouble at the Reebok camp put on by John Wall. He said Marshall stuck with him through everything, and that loyalty means a lot.

He did not elaborate on those problems, and none have been written about publicly.

Other recruiting services have Canty ranked as high as No. 9 at his position.

This weekend could be his determining factor between Marshall and Seton Hall.

"Marshall stands out," Canty said.

Ryan Epling is an analyst with Herd Nation. Comments and questions are welcomed and encouraged on the Old Fairfield forum.

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