February 3, 2011

F Khaliq Spicer rising up 2012 ranks

The class of 2012 figures to be strong in the state of Michigan with several high profile players, including two who have already committed to Michigan State. But despite an impressive early offer list, one player who has not received as much fanfare as he should is Dearborn (Mich.) Heights Robichaub forward Khaliq Spicer. Spicer first burst onto the Michigan prep scene as a sophomore when he averaged 11 points, 8 rebounds and 5 blocks, and he has since continued to mature both physically and on the basketball court.

Now standing at 6-foot-9 and 190 pounds, Spicer has made the transition from simply an athletic forward who dunked and blocked shots, to a legitimate post presence.

"I would just say I'm a player that likes to score inside. That just wants to block and rebound shots while just helping wherever I am needed. Overall my strengths are just my ability to score inside. While my weakness is my footwork and coordination, and of course continually getting stronger," said Spicer. "I would say my coach definitely helped develop my game and help me play real well. I wouldn't be the player without him."
Central Michigan was one of the first schools to offer him, and they are now joined by the likes of Minnesota, Dayton, St. Bonaventure and Detroit.

"On top of the offers I already have, I'm getting a lot of interest from other schools including, Ball St, Iowa, Michigan, Georgia, and some others I'm forgetting. I will have an offer from Xavier shortly they said which is another school that is really interested" said Spicer.

While his offer list is sure to grow in the coming months, Spicer has visited many of the schools on his list and has began to see how schools stack up against his preferences.

"I'm just looking for a school that basketball wise is somewhere I can go and get better. And academically just a place where it's not easy, but a place where I can learn better," said Spicer. "A number of those schools fit what I'm looking for. I do have a top couple though, in no order; they are Dayton, Xavier, and Minnesota."

As Chippewa fans can infer, CMU is not among Spicer's top choices at the moment. But that's not to say he doesn't have interest in their program.

"I like Central Michigan a lot, they just need to show more interest, actually they just need to show interest," laughed Spicer. "I have visited there and I like the campus and facilities."

But right now recruiting is on the backburner for Spicer, as he is in the midst of his junior season and currently has his team vying for a division championship.

"The season is going really well. Were currently undefeated in the league and were playing pretty good. I still expect us to get better though. Personally I've played good but feel like I can still get a lot better. I still feel like get better. I feel good how played but still feel like could get way better and stronger," explained Spicer. "I plan to commit sometime in November. So, I can visit more schools in the summer and just get more colleges too."

Spicer is one of several forwards Central Michigan has targeted in the 2012 class, and Spicer fits the mold of a Marcus Van type player that CMU has needed the past few years.

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