Eric Bledsoe started his summer on the right foot. He shared the court with a NBA star, shined amongst his peers and now hopes to close out his final go round on the AAU circuit with a bang.
The 6-foot point guard from Parker High School in Birmingham, Alabama enjoyed his time with Chris Paul at a camp specifically designed for players just like himself.
"It was good," Bledsoe said of the camp. "We spent a lot of time working on the fundamentals. It was cool. I liked it there. It was great. We played with him and some of his friends from the league in some three-on-three. It was cool."
His play at the NBPA Top 100 camp earned high marks, too. Now back with his teammates on the Birmingham Ice team, Bledsoe is directing traffic like one of the top point guards in the Southeast. He said he knows the importance of the next 30 days of basketball.
"You have a lot of schools looking at you and I'm trying to get my team involved and get some looks, too. I want to win some tournaments," Bledsoe said.
South Carolina, Mississippi State, Florida, UAB and Minnesota in the thick of his recruitment, Bledsoe says, however there is one school that sticks out the most heading into the summer period.
"UAB," Bledsoe said. "They are getting a lot of really good recruits to go there, guys that I wouldn't mind playing with."
However, there is a catch, Bledsoe says.
"Here's the thing. I want to stay at home but then I really don't. I don't know if I want to stay in Birmingham. It's going to be a hard decision," he said. "That's the struggle."
That seems to be about the only struggle in his basketball life at the moment.