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Shaun Livingston’s School List Begins To Narrow

Brian Stinnette
October 2, 2003

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The school list of Peoria Central’s Shaun Livingston, the #1 point guard in the United States, is beginning to narrow. Earlier this week, North Carolina received a verbal commitment from Oakland, California point guard Quentin Thomas. The Tar Heels are now out of scholarships to offer for the Class of 2004, and highly unlikely to land Livingston.

Earlier this summer, the 6-6 Livingston had trimmed his list down to Illinois, Duke, Arizona and North Carolina. Livingston has visited both Duke and North Carolina. He is slated to go to Midnight Madness at Arizona, and then take a final visit to Illinois on October 25.

Thomas, took North Carolina’s scholarship offer after Kansas got a verbal from highly regarded Russell Robinson. Thomas did not want to get caught up in the numbers game of schools running out of scholarships to offer.

Landing Livingston would give Illinois an in-state slam dunk on the 2004 recruiting trail. The Illini already have a verbal from West Aurora’s Shaun Pruitt, the #1 Class of 2004 post prospect in Illinois. They hope to parlay being Livingston’s final visit into a recruiting advantage.

In addition to being two of college basketball’s powerhouse programs, both Duke and Arizona actively recruit the state of Illinois, and will put up a very strong battle for Livingston’s services. Both schools, along with Illinois, have been visible at open gym sessions at Peoria Central. Earlier this week, Livingston hosted Arizona coach Lute Olson on an in-home visit.