Warriors or Rams?
It’s down to two schools for Shaquille Stokes: Hawaii and Colorado State.
The coveted New York City point guard is expected to reveal his decision on Tuesday at a press conference at Lincoln High School, according to his coach.
The 5-foot-10 Stokes averaged around 18 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists per game as a senior at Lincoln this past season. He was one of four finalists for the New York Mr. Basketball award. He was also selected as the All-Brooklyn Player of the Year, and is ranked among the top 10 seniors in New York City by NYChoops.net.
There is no indication which way Stokes is leaning, as he made recent visits to both schools.
But since this is a Hawaii-based site, let’s list some of the evidence that points toward Stokes becoming a future Warrior point guard:
* Two weeks ago, there were four schools on his list: Hawaii, Colorado State, TCU and Western Kentucky.
* After making a visit to Colorado State two weekends ago, Stokes said he would then be visiting Hawaii, but TCU and Western Kentucky were still on his list.
* After visiting Hawaii last weekend, he suddenly narrowed his choices down to two and said he would have a decision within a few days.
* Hawaii head coach Gib Arnold has recruited players from New York City in his past, and has formed a friendship with Lincoln High head coach Dwayne “Tiny” Morton.
* Hawaii will have at least two other East Coast players on its roster for next season — Joston Thomas (Washington, D.C.) and DeShawn Mitchell (New Jersey) — perhaps making it an easier transition for Stokes. Colorado State will probably not have any East Coast players next season.
* Average temperatures in Honolulu during basketball seasons are in the high 70s; average temperatures in Fort Collins, Colo., during basketball seasons are in the high 20s.