Its been commonplace this season for Murray-Wright High (Mich.) big man Anthony Sparks.
Sparks, who naturally evokes comparisons to former Murray-Wright and current NBA widebody Robert "Tractor" Traylor, is averaging 18 points and 13 boards per game this season as a junior. He does a nice job of establishing position in the paint, has soft hands and a nice touch.
``For a big guy, he can handle the ball really well," Murray-Wright coach Earl Moore said. "He's not as strong as Robert was when he was in the 11th grade, but his skill level is much better. He's a good passer, has a nice go-to move and all he really has to do it lose some weight."
``He's a 6-9 overweight guard," The Family head man Durand "Speedy" Walker said. "Traylor was a little more mobile and athletic at this stage, but this kid's skilled – and he's an intelligent player."
Sparks agrees. He'd like to get down in the 275 range.
``I'm going to work real hard this summer," Sparks said.