His stock rose tremendously over the past six months. Jason Cain, a mobile and athletic 6-9, 203-pound combo forward from John Bartram H.S. in Philadelphia, Penn., now has several high majors recruiting him hard to be an impact player next season.
"I played mostly center," Cain said. "But I think I can also face the basket and score too. But my team needed me inside this year."
Cain has already taken official visits to UNC-Greensboro and Penn State. "I am still considering them," Cain said. "But I haven't shut the door on any school. Any school that wants to talk I am not going to turn them away."
Cain will next take an official visit to Virginia. "I will probably visit Virginia the weekend of April 11th," Cain said. "I also plan on taking two more visits."
Schools With An Excellent Chance:
Virginia -- "I like assistant coach Walt Fuller. I have a great relationship with him. I can talk to him. I like him a lot," Cain said.
Utah -- "They always have good big men. I like the school. I have seen them play a few times," Cain said.
Indiana -- "Coach Mike Davis is a good coach. I know a little about the school and the great program they have," Cain said.
Villanova -- "I have been to their school several times. So I know a lot about the school and I like the coaches there."
Style of Play Cain Enjoys:
"I don't mind playing any style," he said. "I do enjoy the running style. But whatever we play I feel I can adjust to."
When Cain Might Make A Decision:
"I will make my decision after I take my visits," he stated. "So it will probably be in late April or early May. I still want to take three more visits."
How Many Offers On The Table:
"Everyone on my list has pretty much offered me," Cain said.
Statistics For 2002-2003:
Cain averaged 14 points and 12 rebounds per game. He also had four blocks per contest.
Why College Coaches Are Recruiting Him:
Cain has very good skills for a big man. He is also aggressive and tough. Don't be deceived by his slight frame.
Cain consistently beats other big men to key spots on the floor, which allows him to get into excellent scoring position. He runs the floor like a guard, and he is also skilled in tossing the ball to teammates out of double teams. He is also a very good outlet passer.
What Cain Needs To Improve:
Cain, like most high school big men, needs to bulk up his frame to finish more consistently. This is an area that can be improved by getting into the weight room of any college.
Cain said he has a 2.4 GPA and scored a 950 on the SAT. This would make him a qualifier under current NCAA guidelines for initial freshman eligibility.
Where He Played Last Summer:
Cain played at the adidas ABCD Camp, and RivalsHoops.com watched him with the Hunting Park Warriors traveling team, which also featured Arizona signee Mustafa Shakur. He ended the July evaluation period at the AAU Nationals in Florida with a team called Philly Hoops.
Russ Blake contributed to this story