As the Arizona coaching heads into the July recruiting period they will look to spend more time in Las Vegas recruiting 2017 Desert Pines prospect Greg Floyd. The 6’8 200 pound swingman has seen his stock rise over the past two months where offers continue to arrive and recruiting is heating up.
PGU chatted with Floyd’s AAU coach Lamar Bigby to see where Floyd’s game stands and where Arizona fits as a potential college suitor. Since joining coach Bigby he has been able to see changes in Floyd’s game and notices different tendencies that he’s picked up and improved upon as well.
“He understands the game better, he’s learning nuances, learning how to effect the game without scoring and that’s a big thing,” Bigby told PGU.
Relatively new to the scene Floyd has been able to make a name and impact games that he’s played in all summer but even his coach will admit that quickly changed when teams saw just how good of a player he’s been since the AAU circuit began.
“He was virtually unknown when the summer started (in terms of schools recruiting him) now teams know who he is and don’t make opportunities as easy for him but that’s making him a better player,” he added.
What makes his game so unique is not only the size that he posses but his length as well, making him a dynamic threat both offensively and defensively. Offensively, Floyd uses his height advantage to favor his go-to move telling PGU, “He’s really good off the dribble and a big time jump shooter. He can shoot it off the dribble or off the catch. He’s a pretty darn good player to guard.”
On defense, however, Floyd still has places he wants to take his game.
“Defensively he has no idea where he could go. Over this past weekend in Arizona he just played so well defensively and was able to use his length which is a big advantage to him,” he said. However, he also doesn’t hesitate to point out where improvements can be made. “He doesn’t recognize what he can do yet. He needs to work on his footwork but defensively, that’s where he can change the game and really be special.”
With hard work comes success and Floyd has seen the benefits with offers from schools like Arizona, California, SDSU, Memphis, UNLV, USC, Utah, Washington, Michigan and Virginia.
“He’s going to want a coach to have a relationship with. He is still young and learning a lot about himself so someone that can coach him hard when needed but be there when he needs it as well,” Bigby said.
“He needs to play in a system where there’s a lot of movement. He can become more involved if he’s moving without the ball and really use his rebounding skills,” he added. “He noticed Arizona when coaches came in to watch him practice but he never thought about an offer.”
That coach happened to be ex-Arizona assistant Damon Stoudamire but Sean Miller and Book Richardson have picked up right where Damon left off as both have been in contact with Floyd up to this point leaving Arizona right in the mix of things.
“When we narrow our list down after the summer Arizona will be there for sure,” Bigby added.