Not too many people have heard much about Rashaad Singleton, but the 7-foot-1, 220-pound Graceville…
Catching up with Hoops Commitment
Graceville, Fla. C Rashaad Singleton committed to the University of Georgia very early on this past summer. Somewhat of an unknown when he made his choice back in June, the shot-blocker extraordinaire continually impressed during the AAU circuit traveling with the Smyrna Stars and Georgia Hawks showing off his lanky frame, excellent defensive skills, and immense "upside". So, with the summer over, and most every coach in the country getting a chance to see what the 7'1, 220 pound C had to offer, has anyone tried to make Singleton change his mind? "They were in the past, but not any more," the four-star C said Monday night. Some schools made their sales pitch following the June pledge, not including Southern Illinois, Miami, Alabama, and Auburn, all of whom were recruiting Singleton before his commitment, but Singleton said his commitment to the Bulldogs is solid. ""He may have jumped in early," Graceville coach Wilfred Brown said. "But we feel this is the best place for him." "I really like the coaching staff," said Rashaad Singleton. "What got my attention was (assistant) coach (Pete) Hermann." Hermann was the head coach at Navy while David Robinson was an Admiral, and Singleton added how he likes the interior-oriented offense that Georgia head coach Dennis Felton employs. "(Georgia) feels Rashaad is going to be something special," said Brown. "He just turned 17; he's still a puppy in this game." Brown added that Singleton didn't really play much until about two years ago. "My biggest concern is his development," Brown continued. "I think he'll be able to do some things defensively and shot blocking. He definitely has offensive skills and ability. He's been working extremely hard, and is going to develop over the next 12 months." Some of that hard work has already begun, as Singleton has been hitting the weight room, as well as working on his mid range jumper, since the AAU season ended at the end of July. "I eat a lot now," Singleton said, adding it's more what he eats now, not just the overall amount. He said he began last season at 6'10, 185 pounds, but has grown over 7', and wants to weigh 235 by the time this season begins. "I had to change my eating habits, as well as lift weights hard." Felton has become known at Georgia for his intense style, which is something Singleton feels is just fine for him. "That's what I got here," he said. "Rashaad wants to be pushed," according to Brown. "That coaching style makes him better. I think he'll respond to it well." Singleton has his lone official visit scheduled for September 17, but that is as much for his mother as anyone else, since he's already seen the Athens campus. "I thought it was awesome," said Singleton. "I had heard it was one of the best in the country, and I agree fully." So, in a class that already includes the nation's #1 player in Louis Williams, does Singleton feel prepared to make an impact upon entering the SEC? "Absolutely, I know I can," he replied. "I know my defense is going to make a name for itself. My passion is blocking shots. If I don't do anything else, I'm going to block some shots and crash the boards."
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