A knee injury has kept 2009 five-star prospect Daniel Orton on the sideline for Oklahoma City (Okla.) Bishop McGuinness' first two games. The 6-foot-10, 260-pound center expects to be back in action any day now and a host of schools will be tracking him.
Orton presently has a large school list including Ohio State, Florida, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Arizona, Connecticut, Oklahoma, USC, Syracuse, Texas, Texas A&M, UCLA and Wake Forest. Claiming offers from all of these schools, Orton has two of the hottest programs in the country at the top of his list.
"I'd say Florida and Ohio State are at the top of my list," said Orton. "I like the style of play of both programs. They get the ball out and run. They also have great fan support and a growing basketball tradition."
Playing in the national championship game last season is also a factor in Florida and Ohio State leading for Orton's services.
"I definitely want to win a national championship in college," he said. "I also want to get better in college. I don't know if I'll be a one and done player or stay around four years or do something in between."
A powerful defensive presence with his 7-foot-4 wing span, Orton realizes he has some work to do in order to become a NBA caliber player.
"I need to get more solid on some things," he said. "I need to improve my ball handling and shooting. Right now my outlet passing and my defense are my strengths. I just need to refine my offensive skills."
Playing primarily in the high post last season, Orton averaged eight points, ten rebounds, nine blocks and seven assists per game.
Daniel Orton scouting report:
A huge physical presence, Orton does his best work on the defensive end, blocking shots and rebounding. Offensively, he feeds the post well from the high post, but has room for improvement as a low post scorer. He does have three-point shooting range.