Introduction: Gary Franklin

Arizona has traditionally done well with players from Mater Dei. From Reggie Geary to Miles Simon to Alex Jacobson, the Wildcats have been able to go into the Southern California hoop powerhouse and attract good talent. A few years from now they could be trying to land another Mater Dei point guard.

Gary Franklin may only be a freshman, but he is already attracting some attention. Playing alongside two other young phenoms, Tyler Lamb and Jeremy Tyler on California Supreme, the 2010 point guard recruit is starting to make a name for himself. He has looked good on the AAU circuit and was very impressive at the recent Pangos All-American Camp.

"It's Franklin's speed and quickness that help him be effective, especially in the open court," said's Evan Daniels. "Franklin is also capable of breaking down defenders and pulling up for jump shots. His performance in he Cream of the Crop Top 40 game was inspiring and he looks to be one of the better point guard prospects in the class of 2010."

The solidly built point guard is already receiving letters from most of the Pac-10 and even a few ACC teams, but it is still very early in his recruitment. He'd like to stay in, or near California, and admits that is a big appeal of UCLA and USC as of now.

He's already been to Tucson and has some interest in the Wildcats.

"I like Arizona," Franklin said. "I know Alex Jacobson and I know coach Miles (Simon)." At this stage he is a pass-first point guard who has to do the little things to see the floor at the talent rich Mater Dei. With players like Jacobson and Duke-bound Taylor King and Oregon-bound Kamyron Brown moving on, expect Franklin to see an expanded role.

"I'd like to play a little like Steve Nash, I like to distribute the ball, with a little Chauncey Billips mixed in.," Franklin said.

Franklin is still developing his left hand, but he has an excuse. He had a very serious injury to his left arm and has had to have several surgeries. He boasts a long scar on the arm, but he is strengthening the hand and is working hard to make it a part of his game.

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