The Patterson (N.C.) School is having a monster year at 30-0, and Varez Ward has played a pivotal role in their success. Four schools in particular are pursuing the 6-foot-2, 185-pound combo guard.
Bradley, Cincinnati, Kentucky and UTEP comprise his school list with all but Kentucky having offered according to Ward.
"I haven't decided anything at this point," said Ward. "I'm going to go over things after the season ends and figure out what I should do. I already visited UTEP before the season, and the other schools want to get me on campus after the season to see how things are."
Averaging 16 points, eight assists and six rebounds per game primarily from the shooting guard position, Ward has been playing more of the point guard position for Patterson late in the season.
"Point guard is the position I want to play in college," he said. "I've always played off the ball with Courtney (Fortson), but lately I've been getting to play point while he has played off the ball."
Regardless of his position, Ward is an athletic presence on the court as both a lock down defender and standout finisher at the rim.
Going to Patterson after staring at Montgomery (Ala.) Jefferson Davis High School to improve his academics, Ward expects to qualify after achieving a qualifying test score on the ACT.