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November 12, 2013

Crosstown rivals battle for Cage

Center M.J. Cage won't graduate from Mater Dei until 2016 but the 6-foot-8 prospect already has scholarship offers from USC, Washington, San Diego State, Gonzaga, Kentucky and UCLA. Before he makes a decision, he'll take the advice of his father, former Clippers star Michael Cage.

"I talk to my dad about it," Cage said. "He's been through the process. He's telling me to take my time before I decide what school I want to go to. He wants me to visit many different schools before I decide. He also doesn't want me to pick a school just because I like it, he wants me to choose one that's a good decision for me."

He's been to a couple of local schools already.

"I've been to San Diego State and UCLA," Cage said. "My dad went to SDSU so I've watched some practices, and I've been going to games there since I was younger."

Those experiences have helped him grasp how difficult it is to perform in college.

"I just saw how tough it is," Cage said. "I work on my game constantly because I know I have to get better. I have to improve if I'm going to play on the next level. You have to give one-hundred percent."

Before the four-star recruit chooses a school, he wants to take his dad's advice and visit a few more schools.

"I want to visit USC and Kentucky, and I want to go back to SDSU and UCLA." Cage said. "My dad went to SDSU and I've always rooted for them. Kentucky, USC and UCLA have all had great players that were able to make it to the NBA from those schools. I'm trying to make it to the NBA too."

When he's on those campuses, whether he's there for an official or unofficial visit, he'll be considering a few different factors.

"I want to get a good education," Cage said. "I need a plan B if I don't accomplish my dream of making it to the NBA. I also want to go to a school that's good for my position, a school that'll play centers a lot."

Two schools are really trying to convince him that they have the education, and the style of play, to suit his needs.

"UCLA and USC are the two schools that are recruiting me the hardest right now," Cage said. "I just spoke to USC recently, and they want to get me up to there soon."

"Arizona talks to me a lot," Cage said. "They're the one school that hasn't offered me a scholarship that's talking to me."


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