Eighth grader Michael Avery knows he want to play for the University of Kentucky. The 6-4 guard from Encino, CA has decided to go ahead an commit to the Wildcats and is pretty excited about it.
"We're very flattered and excited that Michael will have the opportunity to one day play at Kentucky," (father) Howard Avery said. "After going through the thought process and talking to a lot of people, when you have a program like Kentucky wanting you, there's not any better. They have a coach that appreciates what my son can offer. What else can you look for?"
Now comes the hard part: picking your high school.
Avery still is undecided about where he wants to go after middle school. He may go to Encino's Crespi Carmelite in the fall or Culver Academy in Indiana (which, because of a visit, is where UK coach Billy Gillispie discovered him). You can't just rush a decision like that.
Avery is the first player from the Class of (gulp) 2012 to have already committed to college. Two players from the Class of '11 have committed (Ryan Boatwright to USC; Aaron Ross to Arkansas). The fact that these kids were born in the mid-1990s makes me feel older than dirt.
(Hat tip: Lance McAlister)