Bird building relationships

Jabari Bird is coming off a state championship and now it is time to prepare for the AAU season. Read on to see what new school is near the top of his list, where Arizona stands, and more.

There is no better way to cap off a season as a state champion and Richmond (Calif.) Salesian wing Jabari Bird was able to power his team with 24 points and a 70-56 victory over Price High School of Los Angeles to claim the state title.

The team's success is no surprise and the junior guard was a very big reason for the state championship.

"It feels great," said Bird. "Last year we had a chance and we fell short. It was good to see that we could come back this season and win it all. Goes to show what kind of team we had."

With him reaching his goal this season, Bird can focus on perhaps his biggest summer of his basketball career. Heading into his senior year, Bird can show why he deserves to be one of the best players in the class of 2013.

"I am definitely looking forward to the summer," Bird said. "I'm playing with the Oakland Soldiers again and we should be pretty talented again. There are a lot of wings and guards, so we might be small, but we'll still have a lot of talent."

The 6-foot-5, 190-pound guard will be asked to do more on the talented team based out of northern California. A lot of the weight will fall on Bird and top five talent Aaron Gordon.

"Last year it was Brandon Ashley, Dominic Artis, and Aaron Gordon and this year it will be me and Gordon," explained Bird. "It should be fun and I'm definitely ready for the challenge and I know he is as well."

Bird's school list remains the same with California, Arizona and Washington still up top on that list. Bird did want to add on Colorado, which has been doing a good job on the recruiting trail.

Bird believes CU has recruited him well enough to add it to the top.

"They also play a real exciting style of play as they get up and down," Bird explained. "I think I can come in and play and that I can go there and get some significant minutes right away. I've been able to gain a good relationship with their head coach Tad Boyle also. He's a really good guy."

Arizona remains a school Bird will look at and he says that he and head coach Sean Miller continue to build a strong relationship.

"It is coming along well," said Bird. "I got to see him and his assistants a lot this season, which was real good. I always talk to them and when I do they are always telling me how I can improve my game and how I would fit in.

"I've watched as many games as I could this year and I definitely was able to see how I could fit in."


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