Posted On: 08/1/19 7:07 PM

HOUSTON — One of the top centers in the state, Eddie Lampkin has taken the next step in his recruitment and cut his list to five schools. A 6-foot-9 wide-bodied big man that is an exceptional passer, Lampkin recapped his summer and discussed the final schools remaining on his list. 

“I feel like I played good but I still haven’t played my best basketball,” Lampkin says about his time with the Houston Defenders on the Under Armour Circuit. “As a team, this was our best summer but we still did not finish how we were supposed too.

Over the course of his high school career, the imposing low post scorer has garnered offers from schools such as Arkansas, Baylor, Georgetown, Georgia Tech, Oklahoma, Seton Hall, Texas A&M, TCU, and many more. However, there are now only five schools he is seriously considering.

 

IN EDDIE’S WORDS

Arkansas: “Coach Crutchfield has been recruiting me since he was at Oklahoma and I really like their program. It is not a big basketball school but they get their players to the NBA.”

Seton Hall: “The coaching staff said they love how I play and how I fit within their team’s style of play. I wish I had the chance to play with star guard Myles Powell, but I have talked with (Seton Hall commit) Jahari Long and like the idea of us teaming up.”

TCU: “The unofficial visit was cool. Coach Benford has been recruiting me hard. Their staff calls and texts me every day.”

Texas A&M: “Coach Buzz Williams is an amazing coach. It was hard for me to get over the firing of the last staff because Coach Ulric Maligi and I were so close. But I really like the new Aggie staff.”

Western Kentucky: I loved my official visit there. Their campus is not that big but I like their coaches and their arena is amazing. Coach Stansbury has a good history with his bigs and it is a basketball town. He told me their offense would value me and they will look to get me the ball.

 

BOTTOM LINE

I like Arkansas’ chances with Lampkin, being that Coach Crutchfield has recruited the big man since he was a freshman in high school. Expect for Lampkin to take the rest of his official visits to these schools and make a decision by the early signing period in November.

Whoever receives Lampkin’s commitment is getting an intimidating space-eater who passes well out of the high and low post. He has the ability to score with his back to the basket and has great hands to catch and finish dump-off passes with thunderous slams. His upside is in his conditioning, an aspect in which he has made progress heading into this grassroots season.