The rule is pretty simple around Keith Gallon's Houston area home. If mom is happy, then everyone is happy. That is why the 6-foot-8, 290-pound center from Oak Hill Academy (Va.) is listening hard to his mother's input about where he should attend college.
Gallon says, he wouldn't have it any other way. Spending his first year away from home at Oak Hill secluded in the Virginia countryside, Gallon said he has a greater appreciation for parental advice these days.
"When you are gone away from your mamma for so long, it will wear on you. I'm a mamma's boy," Gallon said.
So when it comes time for him to pick a school, the four-star prospect said he'll ask for his mother's thoughts first and foremost.
"I feel like I'm going to wait until the end of the summer and just see how everything goes. I'll go over everything with my mother. I trust my mother 100 percent and if she says it's a good place for me, then I trust her on that," Gallon said. "That's where I'm going to go."
There are a number of schools Gallon said he is looking at currently.
"The top school I'm looking at right now is Mississippi State," Gallon said. "Then I have Baylor, my number two. Arizona, USC and UCLA are also in there."
"I saw some film of [Mississippi State] and I like the way they are playing down there. Plus, I've seen some of the good guards that they have coming in. Dee Bost from Hargrave is going to be there and he's pretty good. I would like to play with him and if I go there, we could go to the Final Four. I like the way the head coach runs his offense and gets everyone involved."
Gallon, who is counted amongst one of the top five centers in the class of 2009, said he unofficially Mississippi State last week. He added he has been to the Texas schools unofficially, too.
While a decision appears to be a couple of months away, the big man will be busy with some of the top individual camps in the country. He'll participate in the NBA Players Association camp, the Amare Stoudamire camp and the LeBron James Skills Academy
"I think I can go there and dominate them," Gallon said. "I want to play to my max and make my name this summer."
He and his mother wouldn't have it any other way.