Sunday, December 03, 2006

Bruin Recruiting: Prep News Roundup (12/4)

By Bruin Basketball Report

Prep News Roundup is published every Monday.


ESPN 150 basketball rankings: Kevin Love is a warrior in the paint. He thrives on physical contact and is fearless around the hoop, where he can power the ball to the rim, take a hit and finish with a three-point play. The past two summers Kevin played on the SoCal All-Stars team, where his inside game, rebounding, outlet passes and post presence made a very good team unbeatable last summer. Love's best attribute is that his intensity and passion for the game make everyone around him better. ESPN 11/28

To reach his lofty goals, Kevin Love embarked on a strenuous workout regimen that is now in its second full year. The results of those workouts, which were conducted by Lakers girls coach Jason Fawcett, have been noticeable in the team’s practices and during Monday’s jamboree. “He’s easily jumping a good five to six inches higher than he did last year … (Plus) he’s so strong,” Shoff said.“The scary part is he’s not even as good as he’s going to be in another two or three years,” the coach added. Lake Oswego Review 11/29

Fairfax 74, Serra 38: Kristopher Lawrie had 11 points for Serra (1-1). UCLA recruit Chace Stanback had 26 points for Fairfax (2-0), which will play Mayfair in a semifinal on Friday at 6:30 p.m Daily Breeze 11/30

Jerime Anderson, Anaheim Canyon: Led the Comanches, ranked No. 15 by The Times, with 25 points in a 67-50 victory over Esperanza in pool play of the Loara tournament. LA Times 12/2

With a scholarship to UCLA and a state title among his accomplishments, Kevin Love heard speculation that he might not take his senior season as seriously as he has past seasons. "That's not the case," Love said. "You can tell by my passion." And by his gaudy statistics, too. Love opened his final prep season with 38 points and 28 rebounds as defending state champion Lake Oswego beat Lincoln 60-48. The Oregonian 12/2

Jerime Anderson, Anaheim Canyon: Tournament MVP had 22 points as the Comanches defeated Servite, 58-50, for the Loara tournament title. LA Times 12/3


Edgar Garibay and Demar Derozan each had 18 points to lead the Tarbabes to victory at the Cerritos/Gahr Tip-Off Tournament. Press-Telegram 11/27

Artesia High, ranked No. 1 in California and No. 2 in the nation by Sports Illustrated, opened the Pacific Shores Tournament with a 74-29 rout of Brentwood. Junior Malik Story led the Pioneers (1-0) with 24 points and Renardo Sidney added 16 points. Lorenzo McCloud scored 10 points for Artesia, which won the state Division III title a year ago and finished the season ranked No. 5 in the nation by USA Today. Sidney also had nine rebounds and Travis Ene had six assists. Press-Telegram 11/28

Artesia 87, Inglewood 54: Arizona State signee James Harden scored 20 points and Renardo Sidney added 15 for the Pioneers (2-0) in a victory at the Pacific Shores Tournament. Press-Telegram 11/29

Los Alamitos 67, Bell 49: Senior forward Clint Amberry had 23 points and 10 rebounds and junior forward Corbin Moore scored 11 points to lead the Griffins (2-0) past the Eagles (1-2) in a second-round game at the Cerritos/Gahr Tip-off Tournament. Press-Telegram 11/29

Matt Simpkins, considered one of Northern California's top high school basketball recruits, has left Capital Christian and is enrolled at Berkeley High."We've been hearing rumors for the last three days that he was attending school in the Bay Area," Capital Christian athletic director Scott Sorgea said of Simpkins, a 6-foot-9, 215-pound center-forward. "His mom called today to confirm he's at Berkeley. SacBee 11/30

Galena's Luke Babbitt, a 6-foot-8, 220-pound junior center, and Drew Gordon, Mitty's 6-9, 237-pound junior power forward, will compete against each other under the watchful eyes of more than 40 college scouts and the 1,800 fans expected to attend the game at the AMHS gym, beginning at 8 p.m. Nevada Appeal 11/30

Artesia 70, Redondo 63: Senior James Harden scored 29 points and sophomore Renardo Sidney grabbed 16 rebounds for the Pioneers (3-0) in the semifinal game of the Pacific Shores Tournament. Sidney also scored 18 points for Artesia. Press-Telegram 12/1

The Campbell Hall of North Hollywood boys basketball team showed why it s one of the best in the area Saturday night in an 81-63 victory against Hawthorne in the finals of the Campbell Hall Tournament. Jrue Holiday scored 32 points for the Vikings, and his brother Justin added 20 in winning the title, the program s fifth in a row dating to the tournament s 2001 inception. LA Daily News 12/2

Artesia tightened up its defense in the second and third quarters and pulled out a 74-57 victory at Redondo High to win the tournament crown. Senior forward James Harden scored a game-high 27 points for Artesia (4-0) and was selected MVP of the tournament. Sophomore Renardo Sidney added 22 points and was selected to the all-tournament team along with teammate Malik Story.  Press-Telegram 12/2



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