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UAA: Top 30 2018 guard Elijah Weaver has two visits coming up

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Elijah Weaver
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GARDEN GROVE, Calif. -- One of the top 30 ranked players in the class of 2018, guard Elijah Weaver is a high-end prospect. One of the best guards in the Under Armour Association, Weaver broke down his play, school list and couple of West Coast visits he'll be taking in a few days.

Playing with Team Breakdown, Weaver was a force going to the rim and mixed in some rhythm jump shots during a strong Saturday outing.

"I think things are going well for me right now," Weaver told Rivals.com. "We are playing at a great level and I just want to help us keep it going and getting wins and to build chemistry going into July."

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Weaver is down to a final 12 of Oklahoma State, USC, Maryland, Butler, Villanova, Connecticut, Missouri, UCLA, Georgia Tech, Florida, Virginia and N.C. State. On Monday, he'll check out his West Coast suitors.

"I don't know much about USC but I'm very familiar with Chris Capko the assistant," said Weaver. "Also coach (Andy) Enfield, we have a great relationship and we talk almost every day. I'm interested in the school, it's the West Coast and it's beautiful out here."

The Bruins' pitch has been based largely on how they played Lonzo Ball during his one year in Westwood.

"They say that they can do kind of the same thing that they did with Lonzo Ball with me," said Weaver. "I could be a big point guard to come in and run the show and be everything that Lonzo was to them."

During the season, Weaver saw Villanova and Florida. Both programs are firmly in the mix for his services.

Villanova: "I enjoyed myself a lot actually. I have a great relationship with Coach Wright and that staff and when I was on campus I really enjoyed myself."

Florida: "It's close to home and I love being there. It's like family all the time and they always welcome me to come on visits whenever. I like going to Florida, it's a great campus."

Weaver hasn't set an exact date for the next cut to his list, but he says that he's working on it and that it should be in the relatively near future. Then he hopes to decide in the fall.

"I'd like to get it down to five or maybe six schools," said Weaver. "Villanova, Florida and then perhaps USC or UCLA depending on these visits go should make (the cut)."

"I want to make sure it's like a family wherever I go and that I enjoy the coaching staff. I also want to make sure I pick a place where I can get playing time as a freshman. I want to look at hte player development and if the school can help me get to my ultimate goal of the NBA."

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