With July now over, some of the top prospects are trimming their lists and making plans to expedite the recruiting process. Thaddeus Young, a 6-foot-8, 205-pound small forward from Mitchell High School in Memphis, Tenn., has trimmed his list to seven schools.
According to the press release, Young will consider Arkansas, Duke, Georgia Tech, Kentucky, Memphis, North Carolina and Tennessee for his college options.
Young, who has unofficially visited Memphis and Tennessee, stated that he'll officially visit the other schools during the football season and before the high school season begins.
Also mentioned in the press release was Young's intention to look at the possibility of entering the NBA draft but the new collective bargaining agreement halted those plans.
Young said he and his family "highly value education" but it was "prudent to explore all options" which included going to prep school, playing in the NBDL or even playing in Europe for a year.
Young, the No. 3 ranked prospect in the class of 2006, played on a sprained ankle for the good part of the summer but the head coaches made it a point to see Young play with his Pump 'N Run squad. Head coaches from all seven of his final choices were present at Young's games at least once in July.
The country will have a chance to see Young, too, during the high school season. Mitchell High School athletic director Henry Baskin said the team will play Brentwood Academy, featuring Brandan Wright on Feb. 11 in Memphis. The team will also likely have a game aired on ESPN this season.