May 9, 2008

Red Raiders looking at Duncanville in 2009

When thinking about good Texas high school basketball, more often than not, Duncanville High School is going to be in the discussion. Not only have they been successful on the court, but they've also had some great talent in the last few years, and this year is no different, with bonafide stars Roger Franklin and Shawn Williams in the fold.

Franklin, who has so many scholarship offers he can't list them all, says the recruiting process is treating him well thus far.

"It's coming along real well, I've got some top D-1 schools looking at me, so I'm humbled by that and feel like it's going really well at this point," said Franklin. "I have offers from Baylor, Indiana, Texas Tech, Oklahoma, SMU, Kansas State, Oklahoma State, and Texas A&M, and I know there are some others, but those are the only ones I can think of at the moment."

However, the explosive wing says he's not in any hurry and is looking at all his options before he begins to narrow the field.

"Well, really, I don't have any favorites or anything at the moment," said the 6-foot-6, 220-pound athlete. "But I guarantee you that I'll have a top seven by the end of July that I will give to you personally. Seven is the most perfect number, you know, so I'm hoping seven is going to treat me good."

Franklin, who has already unofficially visited Texas A&M, Texas, Baylor, SMU, Oklahoma, and Oklahoma State, says his biggest strength is something that can't be measured on paper.

"I guess my biggest strength is that I'm just a work horse," he explained. "I can work harder than anyone else on the floor, just whatever you need me to do, I think that I'm a hard enough worker to just get it done. I think I'm the kind of guy who can work hard enough to earn your trust so that you'll go to me when it counts."

As for a weakness, Franklin explained that he's still refining his perimeter skills.

"Well, my weakness is probably that I'm transferring from a three to a two and I just got done going from a four to a three," he said. "So I would image my biggest weakness is probably ball handling, but I'm working hard on that."

Though Franklin's honesty is a appreciated, the general consensus is that he's probably being a little hard on himself, and most coaches would take him in a heart-beat, ball-handling and all.

Franklin says he'd like to decide after taking all five official visits and taking in-home visits from coaches.

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