Sunday, December 24, 2006

Bruin Recruiting: Prep News Roundup (12/25)

By Bruin Basketball Report


Prep News Roundup is published every Monday.


Commits


Singler also enhanced his skills while playing in national summer tournaments for the Portland Legends AAU team. Unlike the previous summer, when Kevin Love was the team's centerpiece, Singler became the focal point and team leader. "The team didn't win as much, but for me personally, it was a great experience," says Singler. "I was called on to be the leader, the go-to guy and also to bring the ball up the court quite a bit." Mail Tribune 12/19


Chace Stanback, a 6-8 forward who has signed with UCLA and is a member of the 2005 Classic's All-Tournament team, personally outscored the Trojans with a game-high 26 points that included three slam dunks. Although Stanback suffered a blow to the face with about 4 minutes left in the fourth quarter, Lions coach Harvey Kitani said he will play in the next game. Honolulu Star-Bulletin 12/19


And he's a junior. Malcolm Lee, a 6-foot, 5-inch point guard who has verbally committed to the nation's No. 1 UCLA Bruins, single-handedly ended St. Joseph's chance of a win in the first half. And he made it look oh-so-easy as his J.W. North Huskies boys basketball team went on to beat the St. Joseph Knights 74-26....“He's makes it look easy, doesn't he?” North coach Mike Bartee said with a wry smile. Santa Maria Times 12/20


Fairfax's Chace Stanback scored a game-high 20 points and teammate Rod Singleton chipped in 11 that included two buzzer-beating shots to end the first and third quarters. Stanback will play for UCLA next year and Singleton for Cal State Northridge. Honolulu Star-Bulletin 12/21


Chace Stanback scored 23 points and hit all seven of his free throws to lead the Lions past the Hoyas and into today's fifth-place game against White Station. Honolulu Star-Bulletin 12/22


The long shadow of Kevin Love stretches across the landscape of Oregon boys basketball. And nowhere does it loom larger than in Oregon City, where the Pioneers have been seemingly powerless to stop the 6-foot-10 Lake Oswego senior, who is headed to UCLA. Oregonian 12/22


Lake Oswego's Kevin Love, South Medford's Kyle Singler and the nation's top-ranked high school basketball team are among the reasons next week's Les Schwab Invitational could be one of the most interesting in the event's 11-year history. Oregonian 12/23


Chace Stanback poured in 23 points and Ja'Shon Hampton added 14 as the Lions outlasted the Spartans for fifth place. The Lions, last year's tournament champions, led 35-34 at the end of three quarters.  Stanback, who has signed with UCLA, scored inside, outside and from the line. The 6-8 senior sank two treys and shot 9-for-10 from the free-throw line. Honolulu Star-Bulletin 12/23


Recruits


Justin and Jrue Holiday, Campbell Hall: Justin, a senior, had 25 points, 10 rebounds and seven blocked shots and his brother, a junior, added 23 points in an 84-57 championship quarterfinal victory over L.A. CES in the Gold Division of the San Luis Obispo Mission Prep tournament. LA Times 12/19


Instead, sophomore forward Renardo Sidney walked away with the hardware after he had 24 points and 12 rebounds on Saturday night in a 63-40 win over Galena of Reno in the final. "Renardo hasn't played with us until this year but he's fit in well," Pioneers coach Lauren Grover said. "And I think it's good for the team because it creates balance and what I like most is, that in every game, somebody new seems to step up." Press-Telegram 12/19


The Warriors (8-1) stunned The Chronicle's top-ranked team, Mitty, 64-60 in a nonleague game Saturday at Newark Memorial...Colin Chiverton and Drew Gordon had 13 points apiece for Mitty (5-1). Gordon, the nation's top junior center recruit according to many recruiting services, fought foul trouble throughout. SF Gate 12/19


Verdell Jones had 25 points, eight assists and six rebounds in leading Central to a 82-54 win over Normal West. The slender 6-4 playmaker has gained strength and height over the past two seasons. His smooth game already included an impressive ability to see the floor, advanced ballhandling and creative passing. The added strength improved his shooting.  Most likely, his future will be determined by how his body develops. Journal Register 12/20


Travis and David Wear's father and Mater Dei assistant coach David Wear listed UCLA, Arizona, Washington, Gonzaga, North Carolina and Duke as the schools showing strong interest in his sons. Coach Wear also laid out some criteria that will guide his sons' decision making. "They will absolutely play together," he said. "And they will go to a program where they can excel and advance their games. They also want to play their own positions and be out on the court together. We don't want it to be a two for one thing where they are subbing in and out for each other. They both have the versatility to play either the three, four or five." Jackets Online 12/21


All ten of his points came off of dunks, each one bringing the crowd out of their seats and begged the question, "Did you just see that?" Drew Gordon added 14 rebounds, six offensive, and three blocks in the victory.... Gordon said he, his parents and coach have yet to set up a timeline on when he wants to trim his expansive list of elite high-majors down to three to five schools on his wish list. So far, Duke, Kentucky, North Carolina, Cal, Washington, Arizona, UCLA, Texas and USC are making a push. Cardinal Sports 12/21


Also, 6-foot-10 sophomore power forward Renardo Sidney has really made a difference in the paint. Last week, he was the MVP of the Maldonado Tournament. Artesia plays in the Orange Holiday Classic next week at Chapman University where it could play Mater Dei in the finals.  Press-Telegram 12/21


Make no mistake, Drew Gordon was outstanding as well. The California native scored 17 points, grabbed seven rebounds and blocked six shots. The athletic Gordon tried to play bigger than his 6-foot-9 frame.  Whether he ends up in the ACC, SEC, Pac-10 or any power conference, Gordon will face players of Walker's length at the next level. Gordon will need to find ways to be effective in those big games on the big stage. Gordon played very hard on both ends of the floor. Gator Bait 12/22


Mater Dei 85, Liberty Tech 80: The Wear brothers combined for 10. Jamaal Trice, who was rested and did not play Thursday, came off the bench and scored 19. News-Press 12/23


(photo credit: Honolulu Star-Bulletin and News-Press)

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At Dec 25, 2006, 9:49:00 AM, Anonymous JoshDW said...

I think the top article is enlightening in that it shows that perhaps Singler chose not to go to UCLA in order to escape from under Kevin Love's shadow - I tend to think this was more of Singler's dad's doing though.
Unfortunately, Singler would of been a good synergy to Love at UCLA and would have developed more under Howland.
Good luck to him anyways.

 
At Dec 26, 2006, 2:52:00 AM, Anonymous PC487 said...

If by "developed" you mean become more than a college star made by ESPN (and ACC refs) and an underachiever in the pros or more than a great highschool player and a college flop, then I agree. Amazing that the only Dookies doing well in the pros is Maggette, Boozer and Brand, considering the program has the pick of McD All-Americans pretty much every year. Hopefully Kyle falls into the Maggette, Boozer, Brand category and not the Redick, Laettner, Parks, Avery, Ferry, Langdon, and J. Williams (before he broke his leg) category.

 

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