October 27, 2006

Crater adds more unofficial visits

Anthony Crater, the No. 2 shooting guard for the class of 2008, already has his options open, and will be able to attend any school he wants to. Crater visited Michigan this past weekend, and has also visited Arizona and Illinois. The Flint, Michigan, native is scheduled to go to Pittsburgh this weekend on an unofficial visit.

"Things have been going pretty good so far," Crater said of the recruiting process. "I've been having fun and enjoying all the trips I have taken."

One of those trips was to Tucson, Arizona, as Crater attended a Wildcats football team. As proof of the benefits of being ranked the No. 24 player in the nation, Crater said many Wildcat football fans knew who he was, as they cheered for him while he was in the stadium.

"I loved Tucson," Crater said. "The weather was great. I couldn't believe how hot it was out there. I had a good time playing pick up games with those guys. Those fans really respect the basketball program."

Crater recently received an offer from nearby Michigan, and was able to spend some time there this past weekend, visiting the school. He added that he will visit Florida on November 11 and Ohio State on November 18. He said he will likely attend the Ohio State-Michigan football game that weekend. He also plans on visiting Kansas in February Indiana, four hours away from his hometown of Flint, also seems to be in the mix

"Illinois was nice too," Crater added. "Coach Weber is a pretty good coach. My mom and I are going to Kansas to watch a game. We were supposed to go there for Midnight Madness, but weren't able to go."

Crater has no leaders, but as he has so far this fall, will look to take some more unofficial visits, taking his time to get around and see a lot of schools. Despite getting a lot of interest from Big Ten schools, Crater says the conference will not be the deciding factor in where he will ultimately play.

"A lot of people say there's good basketball in the Big East, then there's a lot of people that say the best basketball is in the Big Ten," Crater said. "I want to go to a school that has a winning tradition I don't mind them being and up and coming team. I want to walk into a situation where I can win a national championship before my career is over. I also will look at who else is coming in, and what kind of style they play."

Tony Greco can be contacted at pittpath@hotmail.com..

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