Great Athlete Getting Early Attention

One of the best athletes on the west coast in the class of 2005, wing <b>Larry Gurganious</b> from Berkeley St. Mary's, is getting some early attention from some big programs...

Larry Gurganious, 6-4 JR SG/SF, Berkeley (Calif.) St. Mary's, is one of the most promising prospects in the class of 2005 on the west coast. Gurganious has a great body, with a good frame that could add more muscle, and he's already a superb athlete that's very quick off his feet. If Gurganious continues to develop his skills, particularly his outside jumper, he could be among the few best prospects in the west for his class.

"I've really been working on my jump shot since the summer," he said. "But just not that. I've been working hard on my ball handling and defense, too. I think I've improved in all of those."

Some college programs have already noticed as much. Gurganious said he's received hand-written letters from the likes of Kansas, Oregon, Notre Dame, Washington, Texas Tech and UNLV.

"They weren't like just form letters, they were hand-written letters," Gurganious said. "I've probably heard the most from Kansas and UNLV."

He said he also has interest in local California, Arizona, ASU and Cincinnati, but hasn't heard from those schools.

Just going into his junior season, Gurganious doesn't have a scholarship offer, and he said he's in no hurry.

"I know some players like to commit early and maybe I will," he said. "It will probably depend on what kind of interest I'm getting and from who."

When asked if he'd like to take early trips (juniors can take official visits as early as this January), Gurganious said, "I might take some pretty early trips. If I have a chance, I'd like to see some schools and get it out of the way."

The springy athlete said staying close to home doesn't matter than much to him, and that his parents would be fine with him leaving the Bay Area.

Gurganious took the PSAT this week for the first time, and said he has a 2.9 GPA.


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