College basketball coaches frequently talk about recruiting players who come from winning high school programs. Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei is currently undefeated this season, and shooting guard Rex Pflueger has played a significant part in that success.
Along with coming from a winning program, Pflueger has taken care of business in the classroom, and that has given him a wide variety schools around the country from which to choose when it comes time to make a college decision.
"I've been talking to Florida, Virginia, USC, San Diego State, Stanford, Notre Dame and most of the Pac-12 schools," Pflueger said. "Most of those schools have offered."
Pflueger's brother Devon is currently a walk-on at USC, which has given him an in-depth look at the Trojans basketball program under Andy Enfield.
"I'm pretty close with the USC program because that's where my brother is and they were my first offer when I was a sophomore. I know the coaching staff really well and all the players," Pflueger said.
Pflueger also has a connection to Virginia basketball through his brother.
"I like Virginia's program, I've met their coach [Tony Bennett]," Pflueger said. "I knew him when he was at Washington State. He's a really good guy. I actually have a friend on the team there, London Perrantes. He played with my brother."
Florida has also caught the attention of the four-star prospect with its history of winning under Billy Donovan.
"Florida has a great program and a great coaching staff with Billy Donovan," said Pflueger. "They just keep finding ways to win ever year and they are playing well right now."
A recent unofficial visit to a San Diego State basketball really impressed Pflueger. The Aztecs' style of play and the passion of the crowd caught his attention.
"San Diego State has a great program and they are doing really well right now," Pflueger said. "I think they only have one or two losses. I love the coaching staff there. I love the pace they play at, and the crowd is great at their games."
Pflueger also took a trip to Stanford during football season. He's built a strong relationships with the Cardinal coaching staff.
"Stanford has a great program. I've been close with the coaching staff because they have been recruiting me since I was a freshman. I'm a good student, so they see that first in me. They are having a really good year."
Pflueger says he'll begin the process of trimming down his long list of options at the end of his junior season of basketball. He'll be taking a close look at the academics at each school when deciding which schools to keep on his list and which school he'll end up attending.
"Academics are definitely important, but I'm just looking for the best school for me. I want to major in business, economics or accounting. If the school is strong in those areas, I'm interested. If basketball isn't my future, I want to have a back-up plan," Pflueger said. "I'll probably decide sometime right before my senior season starts.
Dan McDonald is a contributing national basketball recruiting analyst for Rivals.com. You can click here to follow him on Twitter.
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