Iverson-Clone Emerges

When you first take a look at Bobby Maze, it's only natural to do a double-take. The Patterson School (N.C.) 6-2 guard has an uncanny resemblance to one NBA star.

You don't even have to bother asking Bobby Maze who his favorite player is. All you have to do is look at him.

``Everyone's been saying I look just like Allen Iverson," said the 6-foot-2, 180-pound Patterson School (N.C.) guard. "We're going to do a commercial together."

Maze is joking about the commercial, but his game has been anything but humorous lately.

The haircut, headband and sleeve on his arm aren't the only thing that Maze and Iverson have had in common lately. Maze, who averaged 26 points per game last season as a senior at Suitland High (Md.), has shown that he can get by defenders virtually at will and get to the basket.

``I haven't seen anyone else in prep school with his quickness with the ball," Patterson coach Chris Chaney said. "He's improved so much since he got here. He's scoring when he should – and passing the ball when he should."

``He's got great work ethic," added Chaney. "He's always in the gym."

Maze is a guy who didn't receive much attention on the national level because he didn't play AAU ball until this past summer as an understudy to Kevin Durant and Tywon Lawson with the D.C. Blue Devils.

``I'm a late bloomer," Maze said. ``Coach Rob Jackson gave me an opportunity with the Blue Devils and Kevin and Tywon have a lot of attention focused on them. A couple of people noticed me in Vegas, but I didn't really get a chance to show all I could do."

``Scoring's never been the problem for me," he added. "People always knew I could get to the basket, but Coach (Chris) Chaney has given me the opportunity to play the point and I'm feeling comfortable now."

Maze said that the rumor a few months ago that he had committed to Delaware wasn't accurate – and that now he is trying to figure out a new list that is headed by Virginia Tech and also includes Utah, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Illinois and Auburn.

``I know a lot about Virginia Tech and I like the ACC," Maz said. "They lose two senior guards. I think that might be a good situation for me, but it all depends. I am not ready to make a decision just yet."

``I just want to go somewhere I can play right away," Maze added. "I like to play hard and win."


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