New York, NY (Future150) -- This past weekend was the Big Strick Classic, an all-star game named after the late John "Big Strick" Strickland. The event was loaded with both players from around the New York area, as well as across the country.
One of the players who traveled the farthest of anyone was Houston Hoops big man Khadeem Lattin. This wasn't anything new for Lattin though, as he was in the all-star game last year as well.
"It feels great getting invited back, it shows that someone out there is watching me and knows how good I am," Lattin said. "I love New York, the people, the atmosphere, everything about it is awesome," he added.
Unfortunately for Lattin, none of the schools on his list are in New York City, or close to it. That is not to say that he won't have a bevy of impressive schools to choose from. Louisville, Georgetown, Alabama, Florida, Oklahoma, Baylor, Texas, Texas A&M, SMU, Houston, Oregon, Witichita State, USC, UCLA, and Tulsa are all showing various amounts of interest.
"Almost all of those schools have offered me. I'm looking for coaching more than the school, Like, who is going to develop me most as a big man and get me better," he said.
One would think schools such as Louisville, Georgetown, Baylor, and Tulsa would all be in good shape given their track record with big men. Louisville has consistently had their forwards go to the NBA in the past decade. Georgetown is and always has been a big man school. Baylor has recently gotten a lot of highly touted bigs to come to campus and could provide top talent in practice, while Tulsa has Danny Manning as their head coach. Manning has been responsible for helping to develop a string of star big men while at Kansas as an assistant.
Lattin said that he will definetly take official visits to Georgetown, USC, and Oklahoma. It will be interesting to see who gets the other two. Location will not be a factor for him, as he spent his sophomore season playing at Canarias Basketball Academy in Spain.
"I loved Canarias, I grew so much and I learned a lot on and off the floor, it helped me get ready for the college experience," Lattin exclaimed.
Wherever he ends up, Lattin will bring his team a shot-blocking forward who runs the floor well and is capable of facing up and scoring. He may need to fill out to be truly effective on the block, but he has a high ceiling.