Texas big man down to final eight

When Karviar Shepherd last talked about his recruitment during July, he said he'd hoped to narrow things down soon.
Tuesday afternoon that happened as the 6-foot-10 big man from Arlington (Texas) Grace Prep chopped what was a rather sizable list down to eight.
After considering his options, the four-star prospect who currently ranks No. 34 in the 2013 Rivals150 is down to TCU, SMU, Texas, Texas A&M, LSU, Marquette, Kansas and Oklahoma.
For the most part, proximity to home played a huge factor.
"I feel like I should stay pretty close to home," Shepherd told "That was the best schools that came into my mind for that."
Now that he's cut down his list, Shepherd next has to tackle the task of setting up official visits so that he can make an early decision.
"I'm probably going to set up visits for next month and October I'm probably going to try and sign in the fall. For right now that's the plan, it could change."
Known as a big man with the ability to face the hoop, Shepherd finished his last summer on the grassroots circuit with a solid effort
"I think it went pretty well," said Shepherd. "I think it would have gone better if we had won out in Vegas but it went pretty well for me.
"I think my offense was a little better. I still have a ways to go with that and my court awareness. I also tried to block more shots and stake some pressure off of Jordan (Urban DFW teammate Jordan Mickey) because he's our shot blocker."
Because some schools are so close to home, Shepherd could take a few unofficial visits and use his official visits to get to the schools furthest from him. But, he says that is yet to be decided and its just a matter of digging in and finding which program makes him the best player down the road.
"I want a program that can help me improve the most and be the best player I can be," said Shepherd. "That's the school that I'll be going to.
"I think everything is important. You have to focus on the little things just like you do the bigger things."