Gavin Schilling, a 6-foot-9 power forward that spent last season at Chicago’s De La Salle High School, will be transferring to powerhouse Findlay Prep.
“I met the coaching staff in Oakland while I was playing in a tournament with the Mac Irvin Fire,” Schilling told NBCSports.com at the Nike Skills U in Washington DC on Thursday. “They saw a couple games out there and they liked the way I played and the way I represented myself. The week after that, they called me and gave me an offer and I couldn’t pass that up.”
Schilling currently holds offers from a number of high-major, including USC, Oregon State, Auburn, Penn State, DePaul and Minnesota. Findlay will be the fourth high school in four years for Schilling. He attended Loyola as a freshman before spending a year at Urspring, an elite basketball academy in Germany. Schilling was born in Germany and his father is German.
Schilling has some promise as a player. He’s a strong, 230 pound presence that runs the floor very well for someone his height. He’s fairly raw — his post game and jump shot need some refinement — but that’s why you go to a place like Findlay Prep.
“Just to get better,” Schilling said was the reason for the transfer. “They have a great conditioning program and a great individual skill program, so I’m definitely going to get better out there. I’ll work towards my goal and get more prepared for college.”
“I definitely want to go to one of the top programs in the country and perform well.”
Rob Dauster is the editor of the college basketball website Ballin’ is a Habit. You can find him on twitter @robdauster.
GAME OF THE NIGHT: No. 10 West Virginia at No. 6 Kansas, 7:00 p.m.
The last time these two teams got together, West Virginia actually knocked off Kansas in Morgantown. It was the third time in the last three seasons that WVU has beaten KU at home. So there’s some revenge at stake here. But there’s also the whole Big 12 title race, which West Virginia currently leads. If the Mountaineers win tonight, they’ll be up by two games on Kansas with the tie breaker and just seven games left to play. The Jayhawks regular season title streak could be over if that happens.
THIS ONE’S GOOD, TOO: No. 8 Michigan State at No. 18 Purdue, 7:00 p.m.
We think the Spartans are back to their early season form after wins over Maryland (at home), Northwestern, Rutgers and Michigan. If Michigan State really wants to prove something to the college basketball world, they will go into West Lafayette tonight and get a win. Denzel Valentine vs. Raphael Davis will be fun.
FIVE THINGS TO WATCH FOR
- Pitt will pay a visit to No. 12 Miami in a game the Panthers could really use a win in. Pitt hasn’t been the most consistent team in the country and without adding a few quality wins they could be looking at the bubble.
- Duquesne will be paying a visit to No. 19 Dayton, who moved into a tie for first place in the Atlantic 10 thanks to VCU’s loss on Saturday.
- Georgia is right there on the bubble, and they will have a chance to try and push themselves into a better spot when they play at No. 22 Kentucky tonight.
- Creighton probably has to win out to have a shot of making the NCAA tournament, and that includes tonight, when they host No. 5 Xavier.
- No. 7 Virginia will be hosting Virginia Tech, who picked off the Wahoos in Blacksburg earlier this year.
THE REST OF THE TOP 25
- No. 1 Villanova at DePaul, 8:30 p.m.
- No. 25 Wichita State at Drake, 8:00 p.m.
It’s Tuesday, which means that it is once again time for the NBC Sports Player of the Year Power Rankings.
And you’ll be shocked to find out that Oklahoma guard Buddy Hield is still No. 1 in those rankings. By a pretty wide margin.
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