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Eagle’s Landing junior Eric Wortham Jr., has received three scholarship offers during the offseason from Savannah State, Kennesaw State and UNC-Wilmington.
Eagle Landing forward Eric Wortham Jr. is starting to see where his “hard work” is starting to pay off.
Coming off a season where he helped lead the Golden Eagles to the Class AAA semifinals with a team-leading 15-point per game average, Wortham is now garnering scholarship offers.
The 6-foot-4 junior holds offers from mid-majors UNC-Wilmington, Savannah State and Kennesaw State.
“I’m pleased that I got a lot of interest from schools,” Wortham said. “It is making me work even harder. I’m seeing where my hard work is starting to show.”
Teammate Desmond Ringer, also a junior, has offers from Marquette and Tulane.
Both still have two more seasons at Eagle’s Landing, which will be favored to repeat as Region 4-AAA champions.
Wortham is calling his latest offer from Kennesaw State his favorite. He toured the Cobb County campus over the weekend and was offered by new coach Lewis Preston.
“I loved it up there,” Wortham said. “They have a beautiful campus, and they want to win.”
Preston was hired in April to replace Tony Ingle, who was fired after the season. The new coach brings a winning resume to Kennesaw State, which plays in the Atlantic Sun Conference. Regarded as one of the top assistants in the country, he was an assistant at Florida during its 2007 national championship season.
He coached the last three seasons at Penn State.
Wortham said he would be more inclined to sign with a college that is in the stages of building a program.
“I want to help someone build a program,” he said. “I don’t really want to go some where that has 20 or so championships. I love the role of the underdog. I loved the staff at Kennesaw State.”
He also had a visit at Tennessee Tech, but wasn’t offered a scholarship.
“I liked it up there, but I didn’t feel they showed me everything,” Wortham said.
Shun Williams of ontheradarhoops.com, a recruiting service, said Wortham will likely receive more offers with a good showing this season. Williams said that Wortham had a good summer on the AAU circuit, which has prompt more interest.
“Eric has a chance to really make a name,” Williams said. “He is a long athlete, and he does a good job getting to the basket. I’m looking forward to seeing him play this year. He did well at the Tennessee Tech camp. He will start to draw more interest from other mid-majors.”