Sunday, December 30, 2007

Bruin Recruiting: Prep News Roundup (12/31)

By Bruin Basketball Report


Prep News Roundup is published every Monday.


Commits


Archbishop Mitty (7-0) defeated first-round opponent White Rock Christian of British Columbia by 30 points....Drew Gordon, a 6-foot-9 forward ranked 16th nationally at his position by Rivals.com, scored 16 points and had eight rebounds. Oregonian 12/28


Archbishop Mitty coach Brian Eagleson claims his team's ability to precisely toss the ball around court at the Les Schwab Invitational led the Monarchs to a 79-45 victory over Grant on Friday night...Drew Gordon, a 6-foot-9 forward headed to UCLA, led the way with 29 points, 19 rebounds and three assists. He had a handful of dunks that brought the crowd to its feet. Guard Collin Chiverton scored 14 points, added four rebounds and used his leaping ability to block two shots. "This was not an easy win. But I think we played tough and played together," Gordon said. "I agree with Coach, passing was the key. We just got everyone involved." Oregonian 12/28


# 1 Mitty 79, Grant-Portland 45: In Hillsboro, Ore., Mitty got 28 points and 19 rebounds from Drew Gordon and shot 64 percent from the field to beat Grant of Portland 79-45 in the semifinals of the Les Schwab Invitational tournament. Gordon hit 13 of 18 field-goal attempts and finished three consecutive possessions with dunks in the second half for the Monarchs, who improved to 8-0. SF Chronicle 12/29


In front of a near-capacity crowd inside the Torrey Pines High gym, the No. 8 Vikings couldn't overcome 23 turnovers, were beat on the boards 43 to 28 and didn't have an answer for Hamilton, a junior guard. The Vikings' All-American guard Jrue Holiday spent most of the game guarding Hamilton but that wasn't enough. Hamilton finished with 26 points, including four 3-pointers, and 11 rebounds to help put the Dons (9-1) into today's National Division championship against undefeated 19th-ranked Simi Valley. LA Daily News 12/28


Campbell Hall 68, Compton 62: Dallas Rutherford, Jrue Holiday and James Johnson combined for 53 points as the Vikings beat the Tarbabes for third place in the National Division. Demar DeRozan scored 23 points for Compton (9-5). Press Telegram 12/29


Jerime Anderson scored 20 points and Braden Priest added 15 for the Comanches (10-4) in the third-place game. Canyon also beat Antelope Valley and Diamond Ranch of Pomona in the tournament. The Comanches lost to JSerra by one point in the semifinals. OC Register 12/30



Recruits


Wednesday afternoon at West Ashley High School that kid was Milton Jennings, a 6-9 junior forward from Summerville's Pinewood Prep. A full head taller than any of his teammates or opponents, he's the kind of kid that stirs conversation during a holiday tournament like the Roundball Classic. For you old- timers, Jennings is that rare combination of size and grace that reminds you of Alex English, South Carolina's great scoring forward from the 1970s who later starred for the Denver Nuggets. Post and Courier 12/27


Reeves Nelson, a junior forward, was unstoppable inside with 25 points as Modesto Christian rolled past Van Nuys 98-63 and into the quarterfinals of the Modesto Christian Holiday Hoops Classic Wednesday night. Modesto Bee 12/27


I have to believe the chances are good. UCLA is right in their backyard. The Wears play for a Pump N Run travel squad with strong UCLA ties. Pump N Run players Jrue Holiday, Jerime Anderson and Kendall Williams are all either signed or committed to UCLA. On top of this, Howland targeted the Wears early in the process. The Bruins would love nothing more than to bolster its front line with the addition of Travis and David - along with Pump N Run teammate Reeves Nelson. Rivals 12/27


Dominguez is No. 23 in USA Today's national rankings. Franklin couldn't handle Dominguez's Jordan Hamilton, a 6-foot-7 junior who finished with 31 points. Hamilton is ranked eighth in the Class of 2009 by Rivals.com, a recruiting Web site. Seattle Times 12/28


Most of Henton's points came off passes from teammates Reeves Nelson and D.J. Seeley, the two standouts drawing the defense and kicking it to Henton. He made mid-range jumpers all night. Seeley scored 21 points, while Nelson had 11, including a late fourth-quarter dunk that put an exclamation point of the Crusaders' win. Modesto Bee 12/28


The Modesto Christian High boys basketball team will play in the finals of its own tournament. Crusaders junior forward Reeves Nelson scored 29 of his game-high 33 points in the second half to lead Modesto Christian to a 90-84 victory over Sacred Heart Cathedral of San Francisco in a semifinal of the Modesto Christian Holiday Hoops Classic on Friday night. Modesto Bee 12/29


Greg Smith, a 6-foot-9 giant, had 16 points and 12 rebounds. His one-handed dunk midway through the third quarter summed up the one-sided affair. With Cooper desperately hanging onto one arm -- like he was trying to give a foul -- Smith jumped to snare a backdoor lob pass. And then, in one swift motion, he stuffed the ball through the cylinder to give Edison (8-3) a commanding 65-36 advantage. Merced Sun Star 12/29


And when they finally did catch up, the Eagles went on a run to seal the 60-52 victory in front of a capacity crowd at Modesto Christian High. "We had so many chances, so many breaks," Modesto Christian coach Gary Porter said. "But we never could convert. They're a good team, but we didn't play our best tonight." D.J. Seeley scored 20 points and Reeves Nelson added 13 for MC. Modesto Bee 12/30


It was an all-around team effort that helped Mater Dei beat JSerra, 88-74, in the tournament final Saturday night at Chapman University. Five Monarchs scored in double figures: sophomore Gary Franklin scored 19, on 8-for-10 shooting; junior Travis Wear scored 17, as did senior Blake Arnet; Travis’ twin David Wear scored 14; and junior Andy Brown scored 10. OC Register 12/30

(photo credit: OC Register)

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8 Comments:

At Dec 30, 2007, 11:40:00 PM, Anonymous BruinFan said...

Thanks BBR for your hard work this year...See you in '08...

 
At Dec 31, 2007, 12:54:00 AM, Anonymous Bare Gunner said...

Let's get all these kids on the "Pump N' Run" squad signed! We need to rely on Coach Howland's wisdom on bringing in players that are the "right" fit! Coach H has done nothing but proven his success so far! I hope he will also get together with Coach Neuheisel and help bring the football program forward!
HAPPY UCLA NEW YEAR TO ALL!

 
At Jan 1, 2008, 6:19:00 PM, Anonymous Victor Oliver said...

Explain how UCLA could pass on Lorne Jackson who handled Demar Derozan and Jordan Hamilton? Then he made 39 points and 25-28 free-throws. He'd make a perfect match for Jrue. Guard heavily UCLA should double check his stats. His Pops is a Bruin alum too!

 
At Jan 1, 2008, 11:34:00 PM, Anonymous Brew In said...

Good point Victor, but I think Jackson's stock has only risen (dramatically I might add) just recently. I am not sure if he is even ranked in the top 100 players in the Scout or Rival reports.
Do you even know if he was interested in UCLA? I heard he is a real (academically) smart kid and was looking at Harvard to play hoops. Imagine that, an athlete that wants an education too! ;)

 
At Jan 2, 2008, 1:29:00 AM, Anonymous Bare Gunner said...

Like I stated before, I trust Coach Howland's instincts. The kids need to be the right fit! Besides, I haven't heard much of Jackson either until recently. Is he coming out for 2008 or 2009?
College Hoop concensus is UCLA has the BEST recruiting class for 2008 so I guess we'll see how these kids pan out against the competition and if Coach Howland Did It Again!!!

 
At Jan 7, 2008, 7:09:00 AM, Anonymous Victor Oliver said...

Scout/Rivals??? They're very political. That's my point, if one was to only rely on them, you'd miss a lot of great players. I checked Lorne's stats and he's been hot since the 10th grade. All County and League leader in multiple categories. Who wouldn't want to play for UCLA? Even over the IVY's. Too many schools in LA for scouts/rivals to see all schools play. To beat Compton and the Dons in one tournament out of nowhere shows you how good the scouting is. No one in the know knew.

 
At Jan 12, 2008, 2:28:00 PM, Anonymous High School Basketball Junkie said...

Lorne Jackson is one the best pure shooters at any level, high school, college or pros. I would highly reccommnend to anyone who hasn't seem him play, to go check out a Simi Valley game. On another note, Simi Valley plays one of the best brands of basketball I have witnessed in a long long time. Not one opponents possession goes untested, EVER. These Simi kids play a tough, physical, trapping style of defense any B-ball fan would love. I pure joy to watch. I saw them at the MaxPreps Holiday Classic in December. For NOT having a true big man in the lineup, what Lorne Jackson and company do is simply a joy for any basketball fan to watch. That coach has done a stellar job. Talk is cheap. Goes see for yourself. This Simi team will not dissapoint you..

 
At Jan 12, 2008, 2:28:00 PM, Anonymous High School Basketball Junkie said...

Lorne Jackson is one the best pure shooters at any level, high school, college or pros. I would highly reccommnend to anyone who hasn't seem him play, to go check out a Simi Valley game. On another note, Simi Valley plays one of the best brands of basketball I have witnessed in a long long time. Not one opponents possession goes untested, EVER. These Simi kids play a tough, physical, trapping style of defense any B-ball fan would love. I pure joy to watch. I saw them at the MaxPreps Holiday Classic in December. For NOT having a true big man in the lineup, what Lorne Jackson and company do is simply a joy for any basketball fan to watch. That coach has done a stellar job. Talk is cheap. Goes see for yourself. This Simi team will not dissapoint you..

 

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