August 5, 2011

Shreveport forward looking down the road at Tech

SHREVEPORT, La. - When Mike White was hired at Louisiana Tech he wanted to bring a new style of basketball to the Thomas Assembly Center. That style will be up-tempo. With an up-tempo style there must be athletes that can create their own shots and run the floor.

One guy who can do all of that and all of it well is forward Michael Qualls from Shreveport, La. Qualls plays his prep basketball at Huntington High School and AAU basketball for Louisiana Select.

Qualls recruitment has really heated up this summer after his AAU play. Currently he is claiming offers from Central Arkansas, Jacksonville, Louisiana Tech, Murray State, Tulane, UTEP, and Wichita State.

"[Recruiting] has picked up dramatically for me since the Peach Jam," said Qualls. "Before the Peach Jam you could say I was a well kept secret. All the coaches [at the Peach Jam] saw who I was, a hard worker."

Back in 2009 Louisiana Select held a showcase at Louisiana Tech. After that event, Rivals.com basketball recruiting analyst Jerry Meyer said this of sophomore Qualls - "At 6-foot-4 and as about as long as a prospect can get at that size, Qualls was the top athlete at the event. A promising transition and baseline dunker, Qualls played with an impressive intensity. He's a dangerous rebounder and defender and also displayed flashes of a developing skill game. It is tough to say what level Qualls will end up at as a prospect, but his upside makes him a prospect that high majors need to be tracking." Here is a link to the full story on the event.

While the high majors have not offered yet several are recruiting him.

Qualls says he has several strengths about his game and a couple of them are intangibles.

"My strengths are my intensity, defense, athleticism, and my ability to drive," Qualls said.

Louisiana Tech is a team that is close to home for Qualls and has been recruiting him heavily recently.

"Louisiana Tech is a real good school and they are recruiting me hard. I plan on visiting the campus soon so I can see what it is all about.

When it comes to making a decision Qualls wants a school that will serve him well academically and athletically.
"I'm looking for a school that plays the style I want to play (running and getting up and down the floor), has a nice campus, the degree programs, the coaching staff, and a school that treats him well," Qualls said about what he is looking for in a school.

Qualls said he does not have any favorites yet.

"I'm keeping my options open."


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