Sunday, February 22, 2009

Bruin Recruiting: Prep News Roundup (2/23)

By Bruin Basketball Report 

Prep News Roundup is published every Monday. 

Commits 

The chance to complete the Sierra Foothill League season undefeated will come Friday for Rocklin High’s varsity boys basketball team.
The Thunder (24-2 overall, 11-0 in the SFL) will play Del Oro (20-5, 8-2) in Loomis at 7:30 p.m. Thunder senior center Brendan Lane, 6-foot-10, led Rocklin over Nevada Union 73-54 Monday night in Grass Valley.
Lane collected 35 points, 12 rebounds and six blocks while teammate Tony Williams scored eight points and Thunder forward Pat Stover went for seven points and six boards. Placer Herald 2/18 

The Bishop Diego boys basketball team was fed to Windward on Wednesday in the first round of CIF playoffs, absorbing a 85-21 blow from the No. 1 team in Div V-A.
The Wildcats (21-6) feature a pair of blue-chip NCAA recruits - 6-foot-4 Darius Morris, heading to Michigan, and 6-foot-10 Anthony Stover, heading to UCLA.
“They’re the best team I’ve seen all year,” credited Bishop head coach Ray Vazquez, saying Windward’s athleticism was second to none.
“I don’t see anyone beating them.” Presidio Sports 2/18 

The game was pretty much over at halftime with the Thunder up 51-25. Other than Del Oro standout junior Spencer Butterfield, who had 24 points, Rocklin's suffocating trapping defense kept the rest of the Golden Eagles in check.
The 6-foot-10 Brendan Lane showed why UCLA has invested a scholarship in him. He finished with a game-high 26 points and dominated on the boards and defensively.
"As the season as progressed, our chemistry has gotten so much better," Lane said. "We've really started playing well the second part of league." Sacramento Bee 2/21 

Grant, the reigning Class 6A champion, has a two-game lead in the Portland Interscholastic League with two games left following a 59-54 victory at Lincoln on Friday.
Senior Mike Moser, selected to compete in the Nike Hoop Summit earlier in the week, led the Generals with 21 points and 15 rebounds. Oregonian 2/21 

Recruits 

Harrison Barnes was seated behind the Duke bench for the Blue Devils' 101-87 loss to North Carolina at Cameron Indoor Stadium last Wednesday. Duke and North Carolina are among the schools Barnes, a junior at Ames High School, is considering.
"It was crazy,'' Barnes said.
Asked if it was everything he was looking for in a college atmosphere, Barnes said, "It was college basketball at its greatest. You just have to go and see it. Des Moines Register 2/17 

It's still days away before Sunday's announcement by Fairfax center Renardo Sidney about his college choice, but UCLA fans seem to think Westwood will be his destination, and they might be right.
UCLA's top assistant coaches have been frequent visitors to Fairfax games in recent weeks. Sidney is known to prefer staying in Southern California. The Bruins have shown they need a skilled big man.
The question is whether UCLA has offered Sidney a scholarship. He still has to take the SAT.
But I think that Sidney has made so much progress on the court and off in the past few months that it probably means UCLA can't pass him up. LA Times 2/17 

Westchester clobbered visiting Carson, 80-35, in the first round of the L.A. City Section Division I boys basketball playoffs on Thursday night with a stifling defensive performance....Dominique O'Connor and Jordin Mayes both scored 14 points to lead Westchester. Mayes showed off his shooting stroke, making three of his four 3-pointers in the first quarter, when Westchester rolled up a 27-6 edge. Daily Breeze 2/21 

Basketball analysts aren’t afraid to throw around monikers like “man-beast,” “baby-Shaq,” and the overused phrase “he has a great motor.” Every time Digger Phelps and Jay Bilas throw those around the scouting reports, most basketball people roll their eyes and find reason to down on the kid. Don’t let that happen with Josh Smith.
(VIDEO) Josh is huge. Right now he’s 6-10, 270 pounds, so he’s bigger than just about everybody he plays. Hell, in kindergarten, he was taller than his teacher—Smith was already 5-feet tall. Allow yourself to be immersed in the many “man amongst boys” lines that Brent Musburger shouts to the nation. SLAM 2/21
 

Renardo Sidney, a 6-foot-11 center from Los Angeles Fairfax considered one of the top college basketball prospects in the nation, announced today that he has committed to USC.
Sidney, who moved to Southern California from Mississippi in 2006, is averaging 24.0 points, 10.2 rebounds and 1.4 blocks for Fairfax (24-3). Sidney still must take the SAT to gain athletic eligibility next season. The earliest he can sign a letter of intent is April 8.
"I'm very excited," Sidney said. "It was a hard decision. After I heard my dad and mom had the same school as I had it was a relief."
He'll become the third consecutive McDonald's All-American to join the Trojans, following O.J. Mayo and DeMar DeRozan. LA Times 2/22


Leave it to the Narrows League champion Foss Falcons to try something that may have worked all season long in the South Puget Sound League: the “Hack-A-Josh” defense.
Foss sent Kentwood big man Josh Smith to the free throw line 16 times, watched him miss 11 times, and claimed a spot in the Class 4A state tournament with a 50-44 win on Saturday night at Mount Tahoma High School.
The 6-foot-9, 300-pound Smith didn’t have as big of a size advantage as he is accustomed to, as Foss has big, rugged post players in Jeremy McClain and Jonathan Payne. News Tribune 2/22

(photo credit: LA Times)

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3 Comments:

At Feb 23, 2009, 3:22:00 PM, Anonymous BruinFan said...

Sidney is not U-C-L-A material.
Thank you for pulling out!!
We have 5 studs over 6'7" coming in next year.
Bruin Fans, Howland is doing a gr8 job. It's hard to lose 3 guys every yr to the NBA. Yes, I agree, we were over-ranked. Let's win out and see what happens...we can alwats win the Pac-10 tny....

 
At Feb 24, 2009, 4:55:00 AM, Anonymous KDL1984 said...

Although it always concerns me when a 5 star commits to SUC, I'm not as concerned over this one. I'm glad that UCLA stuck to it's guns and didn't accept someone who probably wasn't going to qualify at UCLA. He's more suited for the head cases that are across town. Besides, he'll probably just mail in his one year then bolt to the NBA as a career bench warmer.
Not to worry Bruins fans! Look what SUC did with OJ...early exit.
Look what SUC is doing this year...may not even gonna go to the big dance.
What will they do with Sidney? Probably wish they never gave him a scholarship! Better them than us!

 
At Feb 24, 2009, 7:02:00 AM, Anonymous Mike said...

The dilema of taking a scholarship from a valued current player did not sit well with me. I was hoping BH would be above that, irrespective of the talent level of any kid. Wish him well across town, but no better than 2nd place in the Pac 10 - you have a better chance of winning the CA lottery than SC has that DD will be back for his 2nd year. At least we have some chance that non-seniors will be back in full force.
Let's accept the fact that BB is cyclical, moreso college than NBA -- just ask coach K. We can cycle out of the final 4 (barring some impressively inspired play) -- and set the pins for a fine run in the next few years with this talented group.
All the Howland haters will be back on the band wagon sooner than later.

 

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