The summer prior to a basketball player’s senior year is a pivotal time not only in their development but their recruitment as the AAU circuit is in full swing. As of recently, Fairburn (Ga.) Langston Hughes shooting guard Khalil Cuffee has seen a sizable uptick in his recruitment, and the talented scorer broke down the latest with Today’s U.
“It really picked up this summer when I started playing with the Georgia Stars,” Cuffee said. “I’ve been just getting calls from everywhere. I mean everywhere. I just picked up some offers, one from Kennesaw State and one from Southeast Missouri. The rest is interest from top schools.”
Cuffee, who stands at 6-foot-5 and 210-pounds, recently suffered an ankle injury but is quickly recovering, and the Georgia native feels like he is “back to 110-percent.” Although there have been ups and downs throughout the process, he experienced relief after picking up his first two offers.
“I was happy to see my hard work paid off,”he said. “At first I was just working hard with no offers, just straight interest. When one of those offers landed [and] I was like, ‘wow, it finally paid off.’ I didn’t know what I was going to do, honestly.”
Cuffee plans to take an unofficial visit to Kennesaw State in two weeks to check out the Owls’ campus. It should be a highly informative visit considering Cuffee was caught off guard by the school’s recent offer.
“[It was] out of the blue,” Cuffee said. “I didn’t even know they were watching me.”
Cuffee also said he is planning on taking unofficial visits to other schools in the near future, but he was not sure of which schools that would be. As of now, Cuffee says that he is hearing the most from Auburn, Charleston Southern and UAB, so those schools are certainly in the running to receive a visit sooner rather than later.
Despite not knowing the location of his next few visits outside of Kennesaw State, he has a good idea of what he will be paying attention to on these trips.
“See how they welcome me,” Cuffee said. “See how comfortable it is. I don’t want to go to a school where I’m not comfortable. I want to feel like one of the family when I get there.”
On the court, Cuffee sees himself as an “aggressive scoring guard” who can attack the defense from a variety of angles. Even as a right-hand dominant player, he’s comfortable putting the ball on the floor and driving to the left whereas most players would typically hesitate. Cuffee is also a player who exhibits a smooth, steady jumper and can sink shots from all across the court.
During the offseason, Cuffee has stayed in the gym in order to boost several traits in preparation for his senior season at Langston Hughes High School.
“Working through contact and getting to the lane with my right hand,” Cuffee said. “I go to the left a lot even though I’m right-handed. Oh, and rebounding for a guard my size.”
Last year, Cuffee averaged 17 points per game, six rebounds and four assists while shooting 43-percent from the field. This year, though, he’s aiming to bring home a state championship.
“That’s what it’s all about,” Cuffee said.