Iguodala Hitting His Stride At The Right Time

There's something to be said for being a late bloomer. Last year, Andre Iguodala was a good player. Now, he's a great player and in leading his team to a perfect record so far, he's more than deserving of a nod for the McDonald's All-American Game.

Iguodala Getting It Done

Last summer, Andre Iguodala turned the corner as a player. With a wing jumpshot in the AAU semifinals to seal the deal against Memphis YOMCA, he began what is a rapid ascent as a player.

"He's improved as much as any player I've ever been associated with during his junior and senior year," Lanphier coach Craig Patton said. "I think he's the best player in the state. He's so versatile and multi-dimensional. From what we're getting he's getting a lot of attention but from a national standpoint."

That needs to change.

The last player who used the AAU Nationals as a springboard and also hit a game-winner in the AAU title game was Hollis Price and he's doing well at Oklahoma. There's no reason to think Iguodala won't have a stellar career at Arkansas like Price is having at OU.

"You think about the final five teams that wanted Andre: Kansas, Maryland, Boston College, Arizona and Arkansas," Patton said. "That just tells you the company he keeps. On the last day of recruiting Roy Williams was in our gymnasium."

Igoudala is averaging 22 points a game, a huge improvement from last year when he struggled with his offense, especially his jumper.

Right now, Lanphier is undefeated. Iguodala shouldn't have to win a state title to cement his candidacy for the McDonald's game. He's already there.


The other main cog in the Lanphier machine is junior guard Richard McBride.

"He's doing fine," Patton said. "The last couple games have been down, but he's such a fine player. Westinghouse might be the best team in the (Chicago) and Richard just was the best player on the floor that night. In the big games, Richard really raises up to."

Academically, he has some work to do, but the recruiting attention is coming. "Illinois is strong and is recruiting him more than anybody. He said he's going to go through the process. I wouldn't say there's one particular school. It's everybody. We aren't getting it from North Carolina or Duke but other than them everybody is on him."


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