Grant Billmeier, the developing 6-10, 235 pound center from St. Patrick H.S. in Elizabeth, NJ, is considering five locations for his future college, he told RivalsHoops.com at last weekend's inaugural High School National Championship at the Penn Palestra in Philadelphia.
Billmeier and rising freshman Derek Caracter tied for the team lead with eight rebounds each as St. Pat's took the national title with a 52-47 victory over DeMatha Catholic H.S. from Hyattsville, MD. Six of Billmeier's boards were on the offensive end of the court. He scored eight points and blocked one shot. The only negative in his game last Sunday was three turnovers as he had some problems handing passes.
This hardworking redhead said, "My schools are now Seton Hall, Pitt, Rutgers, Virginia and Michigan. Michigan has come on strong lately."
"All except Virginia have offered scholarships so far though Virginia seems to be getting ready," he added. "I'm no longer considering Notre Dame. I could make a decision anytime before the end of the summer."
He said he's had an unofficial visit to Rutgers and official visits with Pitt and Seton Hall. Other schools that have been recruiting St. Pat's starting center include Colorado, Rhode Island, Purdue, Villanova, Wake Forest, Washington, Tennessee, James Madison and Fairfield.
Billmeier plays with the NJ Demons and St. Pat's AAU team, the Celtics. He also helped St. Pat's to the 10th Annual Metro Classic title.
Billmeier averaged 10 points, 11 rebounds and two blocks per game this past season at St. Patrick's. While he is still a work in progress offensively, Billmeier does many of the important things that big men don't always get lauded for -- be it rebounding, passing or defending.
He said he has a 2.9 GPA and needs to retake the SAT to get a qualifying score. "I'm probably going to major in secondary education," said this well-spoken young man who also would like to coach basketball.