If it seems like Mike Shaw has been around for a while, it's because he has. He first starting playing up on the 17 and under level with the Mac Irvin Fire as an eighth grader and has been a fixture on the grassroots circuit since.
However, the 6-foot-8 forward from Chicago (Ill.) De La Salle is nearing the end of his run as a high schooler. And, the nation's 58th ranked prospect is doing in home visits and has his list down to five remaining programs.
"He's been doing his home visits and he's got it down to five schools," said Fire coach Nick Irvin. "Illinois, Marquette, West Virginia, DePaul and Notre Dame."
Though he's been knocked at time for a lack of consistency, there's not much doubting Shaw's overall package. He is a high level rebounder, a good athlete and plays a versatile face-up game on the offensive end.
"Mike's going to be a three/four in college or the NBA if he makes it there," said Irvin. "He's a versatile guy that can do a little bit of everything. They (college coaches) are just going to put him on the floor and let him play basketball."
According to Irvin, Shaw is just finishing up his in-home visits and should have official visits scheduled to those that are getting them very soon. A decision isn't too far away either.
"I think he's going to make a decision in the next couple of weeks or a month," said Irvin. "He's real close it will be a nice finalization to this long process. I can't wait until he makes a decision because I'm excited to see where he's going to go to."
Irvin declined to name a favorite in the race and instead chose to focus on what Shaw will look for when putting an end to the process.
"Him being comfortable with the coaches is big," said Irvin. "Mike wants to be real tight with his coach where he can go in and talk to them about anything at any time. Also his playing time is important."