For Devonta Pollard it was a bit of a bittersweet week at the McDonald’s All-American Game. Being selected to the game was a huge deal, but Pollard suffered a concussion during practice and wasn’t able to participate in the game. Still for Pollard it was a great experience and now he is looking forward to his recruitment.
“It was an amazing experience,” said Pollard of the entire week in Chicago. “I have never been anywhere like here. They treated us so well I can’t even explain it. It was an honor to be selected to this game. I was disappointed, and I thought I was healthy enough to play, and if it was up to me I would have played, but it is what it is. Even if I didn’t play I am a McDonald’s All-American and no one can take that from me.”
Now with the game and the festivities in the background, Pollard is back home and will focus on his recruitment.
“On my list now is Alabama, Georgetown, Texas, and Missouri,” said Pollard.
Coming up Pollard has official visits to Alabama and Georgetown. Already he has made official trips to Texas and Missouri.
When it comes to Texas, Pollard says it is the coaching staff that really stands out to him.
“Rob Lanier is a great man,” said Pollard. “Also the head coach, Rick Barnes, is an awesome man to. The way they play and the way they get up and down are very good. Also their facilities and the way they practice are great. Also at Texas they want you to succeed not only on the court but off the court as well.”
In terms of Missouri, the style of play employed by the Tigers is something that really appeals to Pollard.
“The up tempo game they play is great,” Pollard explained. “All of their coaches they get in the gym and work on the weaknesses that they see that you have. They make you better, and the four-out-one-in style is great. Also they prepare you as a student and not just an athlete.”
The Georgetown recruiting efforts are headed by assistant Robert Kirby who spent a lot of time in the state, and so far Pollard likes what he has heard about the Hoyas.
“I like the way they prepare their kids for the future as far as getting kids to the NBA and also helping them get their education,” said Pollard of Georgetown. “Also the coaching staff is an amazing staff.”
Alabama is the school on his list closest to home, and to this point the Crimson Tide have done an excellent job of recruiting him.
“The coaching staff and the style of play they have getting up and down the floor is great,” said Pollard. “I am an up tempo guy and that is the style of play Alabama plays. They are just an amazing group of guys who prepare student athletes for the future.”
Mississippi State was on Pollard’s list for a longtime but now that they don’t have a coach the Bulldogs might be starting over. When asked if there is anyway Mississippi State could get back on his list, Pollard simply stated, “maybe”.
For now he will take his visits and see which place is the best for him. At the end of the day Pollard says his decision will come down to where he is most comfortable.
“When I sit down and talk to my mom I have to determine where I feel more comfortable and where do I feel most at home,” explained Pollard. “Also I want to know where she would feel comfortable coming with me.”