August 17, 2012

Craig Victor hoping to get the call from Kentucky

Many, many schools have reached out to Craig Victor over the last few months, but the 2014 prospect is not yet satisfied with the list.

"Craig would very much like to hear more from Kentucky," Victor's AAU coach from New Orleans Elite, Gregg Holmes, said, "Right now they've been contacting us through the mail. Hopefully that picks up soon because they interest Craig a lot.

"Right now the schools the main schools that have offered or are recruiting him the hardest would be UCLA, Arizona, or course LSU, Texas, Oklahoma State, Baylor and Alabama. Over the last couple of weeks we've also heard more from Florida, Kansas and Connecticut. So the interest is on the table."

The skilled and athletic four-star power forward has earned national praise from Rivals.com after playing well at the Adidas Invitational AAU event, the Adidas Super 64 AAU event and Adidas Nations elite camp. Currently ranked as the no. 24 prospect in the 2014 Rivals100, Victor is being pegged as one of the nation's most promising players and someone who will challenge for five-star status.

Coach Holmes credits much of this praise to the work that Victor is putting in on the court, and in some other unconventional ways.

"He's a work-horse," Holmes said, "It was funny at Adidas Nations he was on a team where he hardly ever got the ball, but he was still the second leading scorer and consistently got double-doubles; while helping his team finish in third place. To me, that speaks a lot to his attitude.

"Don't laugh but right now he's taking ballet, and some yoga, to improve his flexibility. Craig can really jump but sometimes he doesn't show it because he isn't flexible. Now that he's learning to properly stretch his explosiveness and his second jump are coming along nicely."

The improved leaping ability should really benefit Victor, who plays a combination of the inside-outside game of Noah Vonleh and the power game of Cliff Alexander. As a versatile young forward he still has plenty to do in polishing up his game, but the talent is there for Victor to be one of the most elite power forward prospects to come through Louisiana since Greg Monroe.

Gregg Holmes described Victor's game similarly.

"Craig most importantly has a great motor. He can face-up and score it; he's really good in the paint, takes pride in the defensive end and rebounds well. He can also handle the ball when needed, but he'd prefer to do the dirty work. The main thing we're working on is the consistency of his jumper."

With the consensus among scouts being that Victor is not only talented but possesses a great attitude the next question that is going to be asked is what it will take for a school to land the four-star.

Holmes says that Victor has expressed the most interest in taking unofficial visits to Houston, Texas and UCLA; but would love to get up to Lexington if the coaching staff wants him to visit. With their proximity to Baton Rouge, Victor has also taken several unofficial visits to LSU.

Described by Holmes as a humble kid, the most important aspect in the recruitment of Victor will be finding a place where he can improve, contribute to the team and win.


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