November 24, 2012

Is Hellstrom an Army Black Knights' commit?

In the rumor mill it was believed that David Hellstrom had indeed committed to the Army Black Knights. As such, Hellstrom's pledge would make him the 5th member of the 2013 basketball recruiting class, where he would be joining Nathan Dodge, Luke Morrison, Taylor Neal and Austin Williamson.

GoBlackKnights.com was able to catch-up with the 6-foot-2, 190 pound guard to his take on his recruiting overall, but more specifically, where does he stand with Army.

"No, I haven't committed to Army yet ... I have not signed anything," says Hellstrom, who is currently attending Fork Union Prep School by the way of Rockford (IL.) Home-School where he averaged 25.6 points a game for the Illinois Crusaders' "home-school" team.

"I'm very close to signing with Army though," adds the 6'2" 1/2, 190 pound guard who had also been hearing from both Louisiana-Monroe and Air Force.
"I'm looking to make that decision .... we tried to make an appointment for Wednesday to call Coach Spiker, but never got a whole of him. We're trying to make it (decision) as soon as possible. I am very close to making my decision and that would be to attend Army."

Although he took an official visit to West Point this summer .... the first week of July to be exact, the proverbial question becomes, what stands between Hellstrom becoming a Black Knight or not?

"I really enjoyed my visit there," says Hellstrom, when recounting his summer visit to the West Point campus. "There's just a couple of unknowns about Army basketball. We're going to talk to Coach Spiker and just get a little bit more information about how things are done and stuff like that. After we get that information, we'll have a decision."

Army or not, Hellstrom has spent this season fine-tuning his basketball skills during a year via the prep route. "At Fork I play strictly the one (guard)," says Hellstrom, who has been averaging approximately 8.0 ppg and 3.0 assist as well.

So what type of player is Hellstrom? "I kind of play a lot like Clarke," says Illinois native, as he refers to Rotnei Clarke who averaged 15 ppg at Arkansas, prior to transferring to Butler. "I like to drive and penetrate ... I like to take a step back jump shot or fade away and can shoot from anywhere," he claims. I'm really working hard on my ball handling right now, obviously you can always improve on every area."

GoBlackKnights.com will you up-to-date on Hellstrom's college decision, which may be more sooner than later.


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