He might not be the most athletic prospect in the class of 2006, but three-star combo forward Joevan Catron knows how to help a team win. Catron, 6-foot-6, 225-pounds, led his Thornton High School team from Harvey, Ill., into the Sectional Tournament with a 25 point performance in a 77-70 win over Carver High School. One Big Ten school has liked Catron's winning ways enough to have offered a scholarship, and Catron listed four other schools that are pursuing him.
"Right now I'm wide open," said Catron. "Illinois has offered, and DePaul, Arizona, Marquette and Oregon are showing a lot of interest. I'll know more once I take a few visits. I'll probably take a couple this spring and the rest in the fall."
Not looking for promises of starting or stardom, Catron instead is looking at graduation rates and a chance to compete on a good team.
"Im looking for a school that has a high graduation rate," he said. "I'll play anywhere that I feel I fit in. I just want to go somewhere and compete and play on a good team."
Averaging 13 points and 10 rebounds per game for his 26-2 Thornton team, Catron is looking to improve his athleticism and perimeter game during this off sason.
"I'm going to work hard on my jumping ability," he said. "I jump pretty well but want to get more athletic. I'll also be working extra hard in the weight room after the season.
"I've improved my perimeter game a lot this year. I've stayed calm and have taken what the defense has given me."
Academically, Catron has a 2.8 GPA and will take the ACT in April.
With a strong possibility for a state championship for No. 4 ranked Thornton, Catron is solely focused on winning more games right now.
"I think we have a real good chance to win it all," he said. "We are rolling as a team and doing all of the little things it takes to win games."