2013 Intro: Jabari Bird

He hasn't had a full sophomore season to show his skills, but Jabari Bird is creating quite a buzz for himself on the West Coast.

The buzz coming out of the state of California is that a 2013 wing is really emerging, and that is Jabari Bird. The 6-foot-5 Bird is one of the top underclassmen in the state, and is beginning to have significant attention come his way on the recruiting trail.

After a controversial ruling mid-season, Bird was ruled ineligible because they deemed his transfer from Richmond (CA) Salesian happened due to some prior contact with people at Salesian, since then however Bird has been made eligible and is back on the floor.

"I'm back now," said Bird. "We got some of the wins back that we had to forfeit. It was definitely hard to sit out, but I am now excited to help my team get wins. When I was sitting out all I could do was work extra hard on my game on my own time and I think I did that."

With good size and nice athletic ability, Bird sees himself as a bit of a do it all player on the floor.

"I see myself as a shooting guard or small forward that gets to the hoop, scores, and defends," said Bird. "Really I just try to be a big time scoring threat who also excels on the defensive end."

His combination of skills and athleticism have made Bird a hot commodity on the recruiting trail, and nearly the entire Pac 10 is taking notice.

"I am hearing from basically the whole Pac 10," said Bird. "I have heard from Stanford, Arizona, I think Cal might be close to offering, Oregon, Washington, Washington State, and then also St. Mary's College, Nevada, and Utah have also been in touch."

At the moment it is very early with Bird and his recruitment so no schools are standing out, but when he talks to coaches and watches games, he does pay attention to a lot of things.

"I just try and see what system the schools are playing," said Bird. "Are they a half-court team, or are they a run and gun team. Also I just pay attention to the relationship I am building with the coaches and how good their team is. Is it a big time program, do they play on national TV, and do they win. It is just stuff like that."

For now Bird is a little bit under the radar on a national scale, but he is ready to change that this summer when he suits up for the Drew Gooden Soldiers.

"I am real excited," said Bird of the upcoming AAU season. "I am trying to show everybody that I am a big time player."

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