6-8, 245-pound Brandon (FL) power forward Evan Ravenel enjoyed his official visit to Blacksburg this past weekend, and now he is faced with a tough decision. Ravenel, who wants to sign a letter of intent in November but is not in any rush to make a commitment, now plans to focus on making a decision among four schools – Penn State, Tulane, Virginia Tech and Wichita State.
Ravenel has made official visits to all four schools. If he has a favorite, he isn’t letting on.
“Other schools are trying to get in with me, but I’m pretty much going to decide from these four as of right now,” said Ravenel, who claims offers from all four programs.
“I don’t have a favorite right now. I liked Virginia Tech a lot. They have a lot of stuff to offer me, but there is no leader right now.”
The highlight of Ravenel’s visit to Virginia Tech was how comfortable he felt around the players and the coaches. His host was freshman wing forward Terrell Bell.
“I liked how comfortable everyone made me feel,” Ravenel said. “They made me feel like I had been there before. I felt real comfortable with the coaches. I felt like everything was real good from my standpoint.”
Brandon head coach Mark Hermann, who has led his team to a district championship each of the past four seasons, is looking for a breakout year from Ravenel this upcoming season.
“As a junior, he only averaged 8.5 points for me,” Hermann said. “We had a pretty good player that went to Tennessee Tech and averaged 18 points for me last year. Evan tended to get in a little bit of foul trouble last year, so he didn’t play a ton of minutes. I look for him to seriously come on strong this year. He should put up 20 and 10 for me this year. He should be one of the top 20 players in Florida.”
In 26 games last season, Ravenel averaged 5.3 rebounds and 1.5 blocks in addition to the 8.5 points per game. The college attention increased greatly this spring and summer, when he performed very well in the AAU season. Evan says his breakout performance may have come during an AAU tournament in West Virginia, but Virginia Tech head coach Seth Greenberg noticed him in Las Vegas.
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