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Player Journal: Kyle Carrabine Of Neuqua Valley

Kyle Carrabine
July 8, 2003

6-7 Neuqua Valley swingman Kyle Carrabine, one of the Top Class of 2004 prospects in the state of Illinois, gives us an inside look at his recruitment, game performances and his workout routine in his player journal.

The summer season has been good so far for Neuqua Valley and myself. We finished first at the University of Illinois team camp in Champaign, winning four straight games during the tournament on the last day. We were down 5 with 4 minutes left in the championship game and I was able to close the game with 11 straight points to win by 6. That was Neuqua’s first U of I team camp championship.

Last week we took second at the Willowbrook tournament losing in the championship to OPRF. We were able to beat Proviso East and St Josephs both in overtime to get to the finals. I’ve been playing pretty well during June and my coaches have said that I have improved in the areas I have been working on — scoring off the dribble, strength and quickness.

It is now July and time to hit the AAU circuit again with the Illinois Wolves. We have a busy schedule and should get some looks from college coahes over the next four weeks. We will be playing at the Hoosier Shootout, the Mullen’s High Profile Team Tourney, the Adidas Big Time and the 17U AAU Nationals. It should be fun travelling to these places to play. I am looking forward to seeing Las Vegas for the first time. I will also be playing with Neuqua at Crystal Lake on the July 11th-13th.

As for recruiting, I heard from over 20 schools during the June calling period. A lot of the same schools that I mentioned in my first journal are still interested with Penn State, Mississippi, Western Illinois, Valpo, Colgate, Western Kentucky and Toledo being the most recent new schools.

I have been on seven unofficial visits to get a feel for locations, facilities and coaches — Bradley, Indiana State, Ball State, Toledo, Bowling Green, Valparaiso and Yale. Bradley and Weber State have offered and Yale is very interested but they do not give athletic scholarships. I am hoping to have a decision made by November or sooner. I am ready to hit the road and we will see where everything stands in a month.