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2014 wing takes visit, nabs offer

A year after a reclassification and a school change, Abington (Pa.) Rise Academy small forward Kyle Kuzma has seen his recruitment take off.

Originally from Michigan, Kuzma went the prep school route to increase his profile, but also to let his body mature and to gain more experience to become more ready for the college game.

"I needed to get a lot stronger and also wanted to get some more exposure," said Kuzma. "I got a ton out here (in Philadelphia). Back in Michigan I didn't have too many colleges looking that way. The main reason was getting stronger, though, so I could be more effective at the next level."

The 6-foot-7, 200-pound wing also sparingly played shooting guard and power forward throughout the year, and cites versatility as a strength.

With the extra year and increased exposure, Kuzma has received offers from Penn State Utah, Rhode Island, VCU and Texas A&M, among others, and has received interest from Villanova, Missouri and Xavier.

The 2014 prospect received his offer from Penn State while on a visit to campus last Tuesday.

"It was a great visit. I like the campus a lot, was able to see the football stadium and the basketball facilities," said Kuzma. "It was a great overall visit."

Both assistant Brian Daly and head coach Patrick Chambers have been recruiting Kuzma, and each has a similar pitch.

"Basically the coaches have been telling me to take a hard look at them," said Kuzma. "They said they are looking for a versatile three-man/stretch-four in 2014 to help make an impact."

So, will the Nittany Lions receive legitimate attention from the in-state product?

"Definitely, I can see myself playing there," said Kuzma. "I picture myself playing in the Big Ten conference. I feel my game resembles that of a Big Ten player, so I'm definitely interested."

Playing this spring and summer with Dorians Pride AAU, Kuzma has the Reebok Breakout Challenge and Fab 48 in Las Vegas ahead of him in the coming months. Kuzma also mentioned plans to visit Utah and Missouri.

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