Sam Kaplan, a 6-6, 220 pound power/combination forward from Worcester Academy in Worcester, Mass., has more high division one interest, according to his coach, Mo Cassara.
Cassara told us that Western Kentucky has offered. In addition, Clemson and Tulane have also expressed interest in Kaplan's skills.
Kaplan certainly does have a wide degree of interest from Division I programs. Included on his early list are George Washington, LaSalle, Rhode Island, Cornell, Boston College, William & Mary, Maine, Penn, Princeton, Yale, Holy Cross, Fairfield, Marist and Davidson.
Kaplan has taken unofficial trips to Holy Cross, William & Mary, Princeton and Yale. He is hoping to make trips to Penn and Davidson in August so that he can check out both of those campuses.
A reasonably athletic power forward with face up ability, Kaplan will have some decisions to make regarding level. Does he want to go to the highest basketball level possible, knowing that he might be perceived as a role player early on, or does he want to go to a smaller D-I league where he has more of an immediate chance to play?
This past season at Worcester, Kaplan averaged 12 points, eight rebounds, three assists and one block for Mo Cassara's Hilltoppers program.
Kaplan was a very valuable player on Worcester's team that fell just short of winning the NEPSAC Class A title this past season. A solid student who holds a 3.2 GPA and has scored an 1150 on the SAT, Kaplan has the best of both worlds.