Last month Shannon (Miss.) shooting guard Courtney Fells enjoyed one of the best performances of the Kingwood Classic tournament when he scorched the nets for 30 points including seven 3-pointers.
Unfortunately, the game occurred on Friday night, when coaches were not allowed to attend. However, as it often does, news traveled fast and when Fells, 6-foot-5, 180-pounds, followed with Saturday scoring efforts of 21 and 28 points the college coaches in attendance took notice.
Heading into the tournament Fells boasted offers from N.C. State and Ole Miss but immediately following his return trip home Alabama, Georgia Tech, LSU, and Mississippi State quickly followed suit with Texas being the latest to extend scholarship papers.
“Everything has been a little crazy,” Fells said laughing. “I’ve been getting a lot of attention lately but I’m taking everything in stride. The attention is flattering but I have to make sure I keep my head straight.”
Last week Fells, who averaged 19 points and 9 rebounds as a junior, took his first official visit to N.C. State and the Wolfpack made a good impression.
“I really had a good time on my visit to State,” Fells said. “The whole trip was great. Everybody I met was nice and I thought the campus was beautiful. It’s a nice school.
“The coaches did a good a good job of showing me a good time. I get along well with all of them and I believe they are setting up well for the future. I also met some of the players and they were cool to hang out with.”
Besides N.C. State; Georgia Tech, LSU and Ole Miss currently reside among his favorites with Fells having good things to say about all three.
“Georgia Tech has a good style of play that would fit me. They had a good season and I think they are going to be competitive every year.
“LSU is a place I’ve always wanted to play. I like the atmosphere of their city and the school itself. Coach (John) Brady is a cool character and I like the other coaches as well.
“Ole Miss has been recruiting me for a long time and I have some loyalty towards them. They need some good players in their program and I would have a chance to play early."
While the recruiting process has begun to heat up for him, Fells indicated that we wanted to slow things down until after the summer.
“Right now I don’t plan to take an official visits until after the summer is over,” Fells said. I’m just trying to improve my weaknesses and make sure I’m prepared for my senior season. I’m not in a rush to make my decision and I’m still doing my homework on each school recruiting me.
“I haven’t eliminated any schools and I have different feelings about each one all the time. I hope to unofficially visit Alabama this summer and they are still in the running along with Mississippi State.”