Lester Quinones, one of the top available wings in the class of 2019, tells Prep Circuit he has cut his list of schools to seven. The IMG Academy (FL) product sees himself thriving at all seven programs because of their overall fit.
“Michigan, Maryland, LSU, Ohio State, Georgia, Memphis and Indiana,” said Quinones. “Those seven are the ones that I’m focused on right now. Every school out there is a great situation for me so wherever I go I will fit in well.”
Each of these schools have their own sell to Quinones, but one factor each of them share is that they all provide him an opportunity to make an impact immediately when his freshman year. He broke down his final seven schools for Prep Circuit.
Memphis: “Mike Miller has been recruiting me hard and calling me every day. The way he was in the NBA with his shooting can help me learn from him. I think he can help me and bring my game to another level. I think Penny and him being together can lead me to getting where I want to be one day. James Wiseman is also going there, which is huge and I feel like me and he together could be dangerous”
Maryland: “Coach Kevin Broadus has been doing a great job recruiting me as well as Coach Turgeon. He is one of the few head coaches to call and text almost every day. Those two have been on me very hard and it’s just a great situation for me. Going into the Big Ten as a freshman and potentially playing big minutes at a program like that is great. I think their style of play fits well with me and I like the relationship we have.”
LSU: “They were one of the first schools to offer me and they’ve been recruiting me hard for about a year now. Coach Will Wade and Coach Bill Armstrong have been doing a great job of keeping in contact with me and my family. I could go there and play major minutes in the SEC, which is a very tough conference. They are a top 25 team in the country and could have some people leave for the NBA, which could lead to me having a bigger role. Coach Wade really believes in me and has told me how I can become a pro.”
Georgia: “Coach Amir Abdur-Rahim and Coach Tom Crean have been recruiting me for some time now. I’ve actually known Coach Crean since I was in 8th grade and with him playing development is through the roof. His accolades are ridiculous with how many pros he has coached. He is going into a new program and is trying to build it up. He and Amir both think they can make me into a pro and get my body and game ready for the next level.”
Michigan: “Coach Yaklich has been recruiting me for a good amount of time and now Coach Beilein has started to text and call me. We run a similar offense at IMG to what they run at Michigan and I really like it. They are one of the best teams in the country and it’s looking like they will have some guys leave for the NBA from there. Getting to play a lot of minutes there at a program like Michigan is a great opportunity.”
Indiana: “They came in just a little while ago and Coach Archie Miller has been texting me and my high school coaches lately. They need a scorer and shooter to come in right away, which I think I can do. I’m starting to build a strong relationship with Coach Miller and his assistants.”
Ohio State: “Coach Chris Holtmann being as great of a coach as he is makes them appealing. They have three great recruits so far and are looking to add one more wing to their 2019 class. Coach Ryan Pedon is recruiting me and has been for a good amount of time. It’s a great school in a great conference and they are in a good position to make the tournament this season. I think my game would go perfectly with the class they have coming in and it’s just another great situation for me.”
He has only taken official visits to LSU and Maryland thus far, but two schools of his final seven could receive a visit from him in the near future.
“I’ve been on visits to LSU and Maryland so far and I’m probably going to schedule visits to Michigan and Memphis soon.”
Quinones doesn’t see himself making a decision anytime soon as he still wants to enjoy the recruiting process.
“I would say I’ll decide probably in the late spring,” said Quinones. “I just want to go through the process and enjoy it since I was recruited later. I want to take my time and then my make one of the biggest decisions of my life.”
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