"My head coach came with me on my official visit to Ole Miss," added
Cady Lalanne. "He has been with me on all of my visits."
What was the 6' 9", 222 pound center's first impression of the University
"It was more than I was expecting because I thought it was going to be
country, and it actually stuck out."
What stood out the most about Ole Miss?
"It was just the campus. I like how it is set up. It is an SEC school,
but it is set up small where you can walk from class to class real easily. And
their athletic facilities are all right there together. The campus was really
to my liking. The whole area was nice too. Like I said, I thought it was going
to be country, and then it is in this little city that is real lively and it
is everything but country. You come from Orlando, and you are use to the city,
so that kind of worried me. But once I saw Oxford and everything there was to
do there; it turned it from a negative to a positive for me."
The point guard at Ole Miss was Cady's host.
"Chris Warren was just a cool guy, real laid back and funny too (laugh).
He was a pretty good host, for sure. I thought I fit in pretty good with all
of their players. We just cracked jokes the whole time. They are real laid back
at Ole Miss, which I like."
How about the coaches?
"I think I fit in with their coaches too. They are all laid back, cool,
and nice. I thought I fit in good. I talked to Coach Kennedy before I left.
We talked about how I would fit in, and how he was going to make me into a better
player. But mainly it was just about how I would fit into his program."
And just how does Lalanne fit into the OM hoop's program?
"They do a lot of pic and roles, and they need someone with some defense
to come in there, set the pick, block some shots, and also have the ability
to step out of the interior and hit some shots. That is what I do best, block
shots, rebound, and shoot the ball."
What does the Oak Ridge standout want to work on most?
"I am trying to work on my ball handling and putting on some more weight.
I have gone from 210 to 225 since last season. I want to start my senior season
at 225. That is my goal."
Last year Lalanne averaged 17 points, 14 rebounds, 3 blocked shots, and 2 assists
a game while being named All-Orlando. Where does the Preseason All-State selection
"Ole Miss was my last visit. I have already taken visits to Georgia, UMASS,
and VCU. I am finished with the visit process and hopefully I will have a decision
in the next two to three weeks."
What will be the important factors in the decision?
"I just want to go somewhere that develop players so I can hopefully play
in the NBA or overseas one day. Getting my degree is important too because you
have to have that in case basketball does not work out. Lastly I am looking
for a staff that I fit in with perfectly."
Which school gives Cady the best chance to develop?
"As of right now, I do not know, but me and my coach are going to sit down
in a couple of weeks and weigh all of the pros and cons. That will help me out
with my decision."
Which school could help him earn his degree?
"Georgia and Ole Miss have very good support programs. The other two (UMASS
and VCU) do too, and are real close, but Georgia and Ole Miss can really help
Does the Floridian fit in with any one staff better than the others?
"I like all of the staffs. I feel I fit in with all of them. I feel comfortable
with all of them. I wanted to talk to the players about the coaches to see how
everything really is and how the coaches really are. But, you have so much going
on during those visits, you never really get a chance to do that. I got some
numbers from the players at each school, and I am going to be calling them over
the next couple of weeks and get that question answered. All of the coaches
are nice to you when they are recruiting you. I want to know how they are when
you are not a recruit (laugh). That will be a big part of my decision."
What stands out about VCU?
"The program. They win games at VCU."
"Coach Kellogg is building an up and coming program. They are going to
be good in a couple of years."
"Their facilities stand out and Coach Mark Fox came from Nevada, and I
think he is going to win at Georgia like he did at Nevada."
What about Ole Miss?
"They already have a real good team. They have all of their players back,
healthy, and they are ready to make a run at the Final 4."
Time frame for a final decision?
"In the next two to three weeks. I will sign in November most likely."