It has been a trying season for Rivals150 member James Siakam. The native of Cameroon is at Brehm Prep (Ill.), and after missing the first part of the year with an injury, he is back on the floor making an impact and showing his skills.
At 6-foot-6 and 210 pounds, Siakam is known for his high motor and freak athleticism on the floor. However the long armed athlete was grounded for the first part of the season with a significant injury.
"Basically I spent half the season on the bench," said Siakam. "I had six fractures and I needed surgery, but I got back a few weeks ago, and I have played some games, and played pretty well."
Currently Siakam is battling his way back to being 100 percent, and he feels that he is close to doing so.
"I am still below 100 percent," said Siakam. "I am just keeping on playing though, and with the support of my teammates I think I am almost back. I am not there yet, but I will be there soon."
When it comes to recruiting, Siakam has a lot working in his favor. To go along with being an excellent player on the floor, he is also a standout student off of it. That has attracted some interest from high level academic schools.
"Schools like Vanderbilt, Harvard, and Illinois have been showing the most interest," said Siakam of the schools showing him recruiting attention.
At this point in time Siakam hasn't had a chance to make a visit for any games, but he did take the time to take an unofficial visit to one of the schools on his list to check things out.
"I went on an unofficial a few months ago to Vanderbilt," said Siakam. "They have a really nice campus, and I liked it a lot. The academics are really good as well, and that is really important."
While he hasn't had a chance to visit many schools, Siakam is hoping to take several more visits before it comes time to make a decision.
"I would love to, but my schedule doesn't allow me to get out very much," explained Siakam. "I am looking forward to taking some unofficial visits and seeing some schools."
One thing that Siakam has working in his favor is that his two older brothers have already been through the process. His oldest brother, Boris, played four seasons at Western Kentucky, while the middle brother Christian is currently a redshirt sophomore at IUPUI.
"They don't tell me where to go, but they are very, very supportive of me, and tell me to make my own decision," Siakam said of how his brothers are helping him. "They tell me to go where I feel comfortable, but they don't try and influence me. They tell me what to look for, and they are great advisors."
Currently Siakam is seen as the No. 101 prospect in the country.