Canadian Guard Heads West

Pierre-Marie Altidor-Cespedes is one of the finest prospects in Canada's Class of 2004. He played at the 2003 adidas ABCD Camp and now he's all set to start his college career on the west coast.

Pierre-Marie Altidor-Cespedes is a point guard from Champlain St. Lambert. In case you were wondering, that's the same high school that produced Kentucky power forward Bernard Cote.

Well, Altidor-Cespedes took an official visit to Gonzaga this weekend and he returned to Canada as a committed prospect.

"He took his first official out there and fell in love with the campus and decided to commit today," St. Lambert associate head coach Peter Yannopoulos said. "He wanted to do it personally. He walked into his office this morning and told Coach Few he wanted to spend the next few years at Gonzaga."

Altidor-Cespedes was one of the nicer surprises to emerge from the 2003 ABCD Camp. The young man is fast and he can really go. Mix in some athleticism and the Zags landed themselves a terrific prospect.

"He's so athletic and so strong, he's a jet with the ball," Yannopoulos said. "He's such a smart kid. He knows so much about the game of basketball in terms of the NCAA and all the teams. He's a kid that knew where he wanted to go. Style of play was very important to him."

Altidor-Cespedes had been receiving interest from Xavier, Georgia, Pittsburgh, Kansas, Boston College and Notre Dame but it was Gonzaga that really showed him the most attention and pursued him the hardest.

"Coach Few came up the first day on the second open period. He really wanted Pierre and came down the first day and that really meant a lot to Pierre."

As a junior, the guard averaged 19 points and 8.5 assists. Maybe even more important, he shot over 50% from behind the arc, according to his assistant coach.

Few and the Zags landed themselves a fine point guard that should prove to be an excellent college player. He'll join David Pendergraft and Josh Heytvelt in an excellent recruiting class.

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