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More on GU’s 2011 class

Some leftovers (notes, quotes, facts, figures, links, etc.) about the four players that signed with GU Wednesday and walk-on Chris Sarbaugh. Read on.

--For what it’s worth, according to the Long Beach Press-Telegram’s Best in the West rankings, Gary Bell received 246 points and ranked as the sixth best player. Bell’s running mate with Seattle Rotary, Tony Wroten, who signed with Washington, was seventh with 242 points.

 

Additional quotes from Daryll Hennings, Bell’s AAU coach

 

On what Bell needs to work on: “He has to get better on defense, containing guys. He has to get better moving without the ball. He has such a nice shot, he tends to want to get the ball and shoot over guys instead of getting separation (via screens).

 

On Bell away from basketball: “Just a great kid, family life, he works hard on just about everything that’s important to him. Solid student, cares about his little sister.”

 

On a particular game that stood out: “I’ve watched him so much, he’s had so many good performances and on the other side I’ve seen his low performances. He’s pretty consistent and when we play top-level talent you can count on him to show up. He had a few games where he lost his mind and hit 10 3s or something, but for the most part, he’s pretty consistent.

 

“He’s been lifting and getting stronger. He was always kind of known as a jump shooter, but he’s attacking guys right now, not shooting his jumper as much.”

 

More on Bell here and here.

 

--Seattle Rotary, by the way, also includes Zach Banner (a 6-9, 290-pound lineman being recruited by virtually every Pac-10 school), Glen Brooks Jr. (considering Seattle U and Portland State) and Anrio Adams (being recruited by Louisville, Texas, Arizona, UW, Miami).

 

--Calling around Wednesday, I heard some pretty good descriptions of the games of Kyle Dranginis and Kevin Pangos. Of Dranginis: “Point guard instincts with wing size.” Of Pangos: “Just really good, a quintessential point guard that can really shoot the ball.”

 

More on Dranginis here. (Couldn't find anything on the web on Pangos).

--Spangler has led his Bridge Creek High football team into the 3A playoffs with a 7-2 record. More on Spangler here and here.

 

--GU assistant coach Ray Giacoletti was the primary recruiter for three (Bell, Dranginis and Spangler) of the four who signed with GU. Tommy Lloyd was the primary for Pangos.

 

--As you’ve read before, Chris Sarbaugh will receive a tuition waiver. He also carries a 3.6 GPA, and “with federal money and other aid I doubt I’m going to pay any money, or if I do it’ll be very minor,” Sarbaugh said.

 

By rule, Sarbaugh cannot sign a letter of intent. Also, the coaching staff is prohibited from commenting on Sarbaugh.

 




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