6’7″ power forward Craig Victor, originally a New Orleans native, will be playing his final year of high school basketball at Findlay Prep, an academy in Henderson, Nevada renowned as a facility for grooming potential Division I basketball players. Findlay Prep has not only produced current Wildcats Nick Johnson and Brandon Ashley, they’ve put a steady stream of players into the NBA. Their professional alumni are highlighted by Avery Bradley, Tristan Thompson, Corey Joseph, and last year’s #1 pick, Anthony Bennett.
“Findlay is a great program to be a part of, they really prepare their players,” Victor told PGU. “I’m excited to get there and hopefully we’ll have a season to be proud of.”
“They always compete at a high level, it’s really impressive when you look at their track record,” Victor added. “I’m looking forward to continuing that.”
Victor’s style of play has drawn numerous comparisons to that of David West of the Indiana Pacers, a style characterized by scoring acumen and physicality. That physicality, Victor says, has been the primary focus of his game as he prepares to enter a much grander stage of his basketball career. Victor has also heard himself compared to Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony, but adds that he does not model himself after any player in particular.
He has seen recruitment by the nation’s top programs, like Kentucky, Louisville, and of course, Arizona.
Victor has not spent a substantial amount of time in Arizona — yet. In spite of the brevity of his time there, however, he managed to locate the pulse of Tucson without much difficulty.
“It’s a basketball town,” he said, citing the fan support as one of the chief draws of the University of Arizona, which is considered to be the front contender in the recruitment of the high school senior.
“I love Arizona,” he added, “Everyone knows I’ve been high on Arizona. There are so many good things about the school, and the situation, the coaches, so I’m definitely keeping that in mind.”
If Victor does decide to sign with Arizona, the strongest enticement will be the ability to play for head coach Sean Miller. Victor describes the Arizona program as “like a family” and refers to Miller as “one of the best” in terms of powerhouse coaches.
Most importantly, however, is the support that Victor has received from Miller, who has kept a close eye on him as he competes in summer tournaments.
“They’re always in communication with me,” Victor said, adding that such a close-knit team relationship is ultimately what distinguishes Arizona from the other schools pursuing him.