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Basketball Recruiting

Four-star senior Desmond Claude still open and weighing options

December 7, 2021

This year, the 2022 class saw the majority of its prospects make a college decision prior to the NCAA’s early signing period. 

On the contrary, some guys, and the keyword here is some didn’t sign or even make a college decision. One of those guys that are still available late in the senior class is a kid from New Haven who has burst onto the scene as a heavily pursued high-major prospect.

His name is Desmond Claude.

Claude is a 6-foot-5 point guard out of New Haven and currently plays his high school ball at one of the East Coast’s more prominent programs in Putnam Science Academy. Claude is a very underrated prospect who has great size at the guard spot, is also very versatile, and is a problem when attacking the rim. I’d say his pace of play is also very intriguing to watch, almost seems like he always knows exactly when to make what play.

He’s one of the few prospects left that are currently ranked in the senior class and for that, he's drawn the attention of several high-majors and has current plans to begin the visit process and move along in his recruitment.

So, where is he visiting, and is a blue blood school entering the mix?

Claude answered those hard-hitting questions with

Which schools would you say are heavily involved in your recruitment?

“Xavier, Kansas, and Louisville.”

Any new schools?

“Kansas is kinda new, they haven't offered yet."

What stands out about Xavier and your thoughts on the program?

“Xavier has a very solid system. They got a very good development program and they need a point guard and want me to be the one. But I like them a lot.”

How about Louisville?

“I plan on visiting there this month, in the next week or so. They’re another good situation playing point, the development is good over there. Both situations have a good opportunity to come in and play a big role."

And the new school, Kansas?

“They need a tall guard who can be versatile and play both ends of the court.”

When do you plan on making a decision?

“Once I explore my options thoroughly, I will make my decision.”

How would you best break down your game?

“Point guard who can score while making my teammates better. Very good decision-making and passing to the right guy depending on the situation. Also, I can consistently make the correct reads.”

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