Gary Franklin, a standout guard from the class of 2010 has been back on the market, since the Tim Floyd scandal broke. Once committed to USC, Franklin is now taking a look around the country for a school to call home.
The news about coach Floyd and the USC program was difficult to handle for Franklin but has moved on, “When I first heard it, it was disappointing. But I had to sort things out and decide to decommit.” For a current school list, “Right now, it’s Washington, Arizona, Cal, Stanford, USC, Florida, Uconn, and Oklahoma.” Franklin did state that he probably would prefer to stay on the west coast.
There will be a couple factors going forward for Franklin in deciding on a school. Schools on his list such as, Arizona and USC have new regimes while a Uconn or Florida has long tenured coaches set at the respective programs. Franklin does not have a preference to either. In regards to Arizona, “I wouldn’t say they’re rebuilding. Cause they’re always good. I think Coach Miller walked into a great situation, and he’s also a great coach.” USC has not been ruled out for Franklin, either. As he stated they are still recruiting him and is willing to give new coach, Kevin O’Neill a chance.
How these programs play on the floor this season upcoming season will also factor in. One program Cal, has a wonderful point guard, Jerome Randle under coach Mike Montgomery. “That helps, and I’ve heard from everyone how good of a coach Mike Montgomery is.” Franklin stated that finding a team that is guard orientated wouldn’t hurt, either.
For now, Gary is unsure of when he will be taking any unofficial visits, as he will make that decision with his father. Franklin is putting himself through the entire process again, and not leaving out the academic side. “I want to major in communications, which USC has a really strong program in.” As far as other institutions academically, Franklin said he’ll have to take a closer look now.
As far as Franklin goes on the court, he is an excellent scorer of the basketball and is on his way to becoming a complete point guard. “I need to work on my ball handling, and learning how to score the ball better, running off screens.” Right now, he feels the strengths of his game are scoring and passing. While simple, they never can be overstated.
Franklin’s remaining schedule consists of Las Vegas and local tournaments in California. A summer that has seen him play fairly well. Heading into next season in high school Franklin’s goals are, “To go undefeated, win a state championship and increase my scoring and assists.”
Franklin will begin and complete this coming year at Mater Dei, and is someone to keep an eye on well into the future.