Over half of the top power forwards in the class of 2009 are already committed. Terrance Shannon is not one of them. In fact, he is one of the most sought after players at his position going into the spring evaluation period.
The 6-foot-7 power player from Mary Person High School in Forsyth, Ga., shined for the Atlanta Celtics last weekend at the Columbus Riverfest, a regional AAU tournament that featured some of the top teams from the South. Shannon and his Celtics teammates won the event.
Shannon shined offensively with improved footwork and post moves. His trademark high-energy was ever present and defensively, the four-star big man picked up where he left off from the high school season.
"I think I did pretty good. There is always room to get better though," Shannon said of his performance from the weekend.
After watching his older Celtics teammates win the adidas Super 64 last summer in Las Vegas, Shannon said he wants to reproduce the same type of success.
"Win, win, win. That is our expectation," Shannon said. "They set the bar and no we got to go and get it. I have to rebound and keep playing with my energy."
Playing with energy is not a problem for Shannon. That is why so many colleges are lining up to see him and recruit him.
Shannon said he has offers from Tennessee, Georgia, Florida State, LSU, Georgia Tech, Kentucky, Xavier and Alabama while Clemson, Marquette, West Virginia, Texas, Oregon, South Carolina and Colorado are also very much in the mix.
Even with a long list, Shannon said he doesn't really have a pecking order yet.
"There really isn't one more than the other. I'd say they are about the same," Shannon said. "As far as basketball, I like teams that focus on defense because I'm a defensive player. Academics are going to be important, too."