2005 Focus: Anthony Sparks

Anthony Sparks doesn't mind the comparisons to Robert "Tractor" Traylor. The two have a similar body build and Sparks is doing some of the same things Traylor did at Murray-Wright High in Detroit.

It has to be a frightening, almost terrifying sight for opponents: A 6-8, 300-pounder dribbling with ease through defenders to break the press.

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.

Michigan State and Purdue have been the most aggressive with DePaul, Oklahoma, Michigan, UConn, North Carolina, Stanford and Louisville all showing varying degrees of interest thus far.

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