April is a busy month for prep players across the nation. With the AAU season kicking off in the next couple of weeks, players are making plans to visit different cities across the Untied States. Junior Leo Criswell, a 6-foot-8, 200-pound forward, is making plans for some official visits, too.
Kansas City (Kan.) Piper High School was a hot spot last year for college coaches, who came in numbers to see Criswell. Arizona State, Kansas, Marquette, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and TCU all made the trip to evaluate the junior during the regular season. Criswell said he has unofficially visited Kansas, Georgia Tech and Texas, too. And now, he’s planning on seeing more.
“I’m probably going to take an official visit sometime at the end of this month or the beginning of May to Wisconsin and Marquette,” Criswell said.
Criswell said Marquette has offered a scholarship. With the number of schools involved in his recruitment, Criswell says he’s trying to trim the list. He’s going through a mental checklist of what to look for.
“I’m just looking for a place where I can fit in and get into the game right away,” Criswell said. “I think I’d fit into a system that likes to get out and run and play an up tempo style. Plus, the coaches are a big thing, too. I have to like what they do on and off the court.”
Criswell calls Wisconsin, Marquette, Oklahoma State, North Carolina, Kansas and UConn “my main ones right now. Oklahoma State has also offered a scholarship. All of those schools call during the contact period and I stay in touch with them, too. Maybe not as much with UConn but all of them are pretty high on my list.”
He will play for KC Pump N Run on the AAU circuit and also plans trips to the ABCD camp and NBA Players Association camp.
Criswell averaged 21 points, 10 rebounds and six assists during his junior campaign. Piper finished 18-6.
RivalsHoops.com will watch Criswell and his KC Pump N Run teammates play at the Las Vegas Pump N Run tournament on April 16-18.