Michigan State, UCLA among final four choices for Gavin Schilling

By Robert White
Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

Findlay Prep’s (Nevada) Gavin Schilling, a 6-9, 200-pound forward, has narrowed his college destination down to four choices: Michigan State, Minnesota, UCLA and Villanova.

The three-star prospect out of Chicago is the number 15 ranked center in the nation and has whittled his list down to four final contenders said his Findlay Prep coach Todd Simon on Saturday.

Schilling has visited three of the four schools since September, however official visits to Villanova and Michigan State still remain before a decision will be made. Schilling visited UCLA on Saturday.

Of the teams still in the hunt for Schilling, Minnesota may have the best chance. The Gophers have already secured the commitments of Alvin Ellis and Alex Foster, former high school teammates of Schilling in Chicago, and he has previously talked about being impressed by Gophers’ coach Tubby Smith and the Minnesota development program. Post options Trevor Mbakwe and Rodney Williams Jr are currently playing their senior seasons for the Gophers and should enable Schilling to jump in and receive opportunity immediately.

Schilling’s high school hoops journey has been a curious one; he played his freshman season at Loyola, then spent a year at an elite basketball school in Germany before spending last season at Chicago’s DeLaSalle.

Also able to log minutes at center, Schilling is known as a talented and physical player. While he isn’t world class elite, an aspect of his game that could do with some improvement, Schilling can defend the ring, knock down free throws and possesses a good stable of moves around the basket.

Also interesting about Schilling- he’s half German and speaks French and German fluently.

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