It's been an impressive rise in stock for 6-foot-3, 180-pound Delray Beach (Fla.) Elev8 Prep point guard Derrick Bruce.The 2015 prospect went from almost completely under the radar to now committed to Oregon State, where he has the upside to end up being a very successful player. In December of his real junior season, Bruce badly injured his ankle, forcing him to sit out for the year. Bruce reclassified from 2014 to 2015, transferred from Corona (Calif.) Centennial to Ontario (Calif.) Colony and will attend Elev8 prep school in Florida this year. During his real junior year, you were optimistic about Bruce's upside due to his very long arms and slender physique, playmaking in transition and passing, but he was way more prospect than player at the time. Bruce has made a major jump as a player; one of the most impressive improvements on the West Coast, regardless of class. Bruce still has a terrific frame which is starting to fill out and his athleticism has started to really kick in; he can not only really jump but moves very well laterally. Despite a somewhat low release, Bruce has become a better three-point shooter and while he's pretty comfortable taking that shot off the pull, he can also knock it down off the catch. His slick handle allows him to change speeds and take his opponent off the dribble, either to pull up for a floater or to get to the basket. While he's become a pretty good scorer, Bruce is also a capable distributor and has impressive vision. Physically he still has a lot of filling out to do, which is a good sign. This is a late bloomer who has high upside, and his 6-foot-9 wingspan only makes him more intriguing. For new Oregon State head coach Wayne Tinkle, this is a recruit who is a no-brainer addition. He is packed with upside and if the Beavers are right about him, he's going to have a very successful career in Corvallis.
Breaking down Bruce's game
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