Escobar commits to Ole Miss

Escobar commits to Ole Miss

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Escobar commits to Ole Miss

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Ole Miss was not on J.T. Escobar’s basketball radar entering his AAU summer season.

Plenty changed in three months.

Escobar, a senior guard in his first year at FAMU DRS, verbally committed to the Rebels over the weekend.

Escobar, a 6-foot-2 guard who had attended Maclay since kindergarten, said he initially heard from Ole Miss during the AAU Boys Basketball Showcase in Orlando last July.

Escobar selected Ole Miss over Charleston Southern University.

“Getting to visit the campus, there was just something different about the feel of Ole Miss – it felt like home,” said Escobar, who traveled to Oxford, Miss., for his official visit in mid-September.

“It felt like the right place.”

Escobar, who averaged 18 points per game last season for the Marauders and has a career-high 42-point performance on his resume, credits former Florida State player Adrian Crawford for helping him achieve his basketball goals.

Escobar has worked with Crawford, founder of GameSpeed Skills and GameSpeed Basketball in Tallahassee, since the fourth grade.

Escobar also played last summer with an AAU travel team from Jacksonville.

“I wouldn’t be anywhere near the player I am if it wasn’t for him, on and off the court,” Escobar said of Crawford.

While Escobar also admitted it was difficult to transfer from Maclay after 11 years at the school, he is excited to end his prep career at FAMU DRS.

The Class 2A Rattlers were upended in last year’s regional quarterfinals by visiting Temple Christian, 79-72,

FAMU DRS coach Gene Granger is well aware of Escobar’s abilities.

“He is a high-energy type of player with a very good skill set,” Granger said.

“And what he might not have in a skill, he makes up for it in his effort and work ethic. He’s a combo-type guard who can shoot and shares the ball and play above the rim. I think he separates himself with his skill development and work ethic.”

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