Q/A with 2022 five-star AJ Casey
Tell me about where you grew up.
I grew up in Chicago and in the South Suburbs.
Was basketball always a priority in your household? Who put the ball in your hands?
No it wasn’t a priority at the time I was just playing sports I was playing basketball and football and my dad.
When did you start taking the sport seriously?
I started taking basketball seriously around the 6th or 7th grade because I was seeing where it could actually take you in life so I been taking it seriously to get there.
Any family members/relatives that played college/pro sports?
No, none at all.
Describe your game in a sentence or two.
What does the game of basketball mean to you? In other words, why does it mean so much to you?
It’s something I’ve been watching my whole life, and has been a lifetime dream for me to play in the NBA and I just have the love for it.
How do you feel about your current ranking?
I’m not to much worried about the rankings, even tho I have seen them and i feel a little disrespected because but COVID and everything I wasn’t able to show what my game is to the fullest and it’s also another reason why I don’t understand but I don’t pay to much attention my game speaks for its self.
Tell me your general thoughts on rankings. Do they matter? If so, how much do they matter in the whole scheme of things?
I don’t pay attention to them much, and I always say if you can hoop, you can hoop.
Do you have a current list of schools you’re focused on?
Not really a current list I’m very much open to all schools.
What schools reach out to you the most?
Michigan, Ohio State, Gonzaga, Illinois, Purdue, Memphis just a few.
During the recruiting process, does it make a difference how often the head coach reaches out to you (texts/calls)? Does it make you feel that much of a priority?
It’s a big difference it shows you how much of a priority of you are them.
What is something you’ve already learned about the recruiting process that you would share with a younger brother/teammate?
There’s a difference between a “want”and a “need.”
What schools have you visited so far, either unofficially, officially or virtually?
Purdue and Illinois were the only schools I’ve been on campus both unofficial the rest is virtually with Ohio State, Indiana, Gonzaga a bit.
Are there any schools that are currently recruiting you that have not yet offered that you expect to offer you sometime in the near future?
Michigan State, Minnesota.
Is building a stacked recruiting class, and bringing top talent in with you a priority?
I wouldn’t say at all really not a priority but I would definitely love it.
Did you have a dream school growing up?