Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Tanner Lancona Improving His Stock
His recent recruiting attention has come due to his hard work prepping himself for the AAU live period. The Tesoro forward has been working hard improving his game all season and it's shown over the past month.
Lancona finished his junior year averaging around 16 points and nine rebounds per game. He was named to the All-CIF Division 2AA First Team, First Team All League and was voted Offensive Player of the Year, following the season, he noted. Around that time, North Carolina State, Penn, Arizona State, and Yale all started to take notice of his game.
A month before, he gained interest from Fred Hoiberg of Iowa State. A few weeks later he got a call from Purdue assistant coach Gary Greg. Both programs are still actively recruiting him and it's a great sign for Lancona, whose game deserves high-major attention.
This summer, he's been playing his AAU basketball with Double Pump Elite, an AAU based program out of California. He's been impressive in just about every event he's played in and was seen outplaying a guy eight inches taller and about 80 pounds or more heavier.
In his most recent AAU tournament, the Double Pump Northwest, Lancona led Double Pump Elite to the tournament championship. "We won the whole tournament," he said. "I averaged a double-double, had four blocks, and three steals per game. I had three double-doubles in five games.
USC, Utah, Washington, Washington State, and Penn, among others, are showing interest in Lancona.
He plans to visit plenty of the programs that are interested this summer during June and July.
He is scheduled to visit hometown USC on June 2nd. USC has been a program that has been on him for a while and Lancona believes the coaching staff could be close to offering.
Utah State will get another unofficial visit out of Lancona on June 8th. He's visiting Utah the following day on June 9th and follows up with a visit to Washington State on June 17th. He also plans to visit other schools showing interest in between his other already scheduled visits.
LMU, Pepperdine, Stanford, and Southern Methodist are programs that he plans to visit in June in between the other scheduled visits. He will also take unofficials to Purdue and Iowa State in July.
Lancona is talented and filled with potential. He plays in the post now, but his game could translate to the wing on the next level with work. He has a good jump shot with great range. He's long, athletic, and a good option in transition.
With his skill set, Lancona can be a potential mismatch at the next level with his ability to play inside-out. The interest is still coming in and should continue as he is showcasing his on the national scence during the July live period.
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