Troy Gillenwater Sits and Watches

Troy Gillenwater isn't sure why he didn't log a single minute in the last three games, but the Stoneridge Prep (Calif.) junior forward is trying to stay positive. However, expect Gillenwater to return back close to his home in Boston after the season.

Troy Gillenwater can only sit and watch.

The Boston native, who has spent the last couple of years on the west coast, didn't log a single minute this past weekend in a trio of tournament games for Stoneridge Prep.

``I am not sure why, but I'm going to keep working hard," Gillenwater said. "I respect the coaches at Stoneridge, but it just may not be the best place for me."

``It was hard to sit and watch, because I think I could have helped the team in the loss," he added.

The 6-foot-6 ½ junior said that ideally, he'd like to return to Massachusetts to finish up next season.

Gillenwater is a big-time talent who, despite his size, can dominate a game in the paint. He still needs to become a more consistent outside shooter, but he's difficult to stop because of his aggressiveness.

``The hardest thing for me is that I can't work on my game the way I want to if I'm not playing," said Gillenwater, who played last season at Fremont High. "I want to keep developing my game."

Gillenwater said that Tennessee has really stepped up its recruiting effort of late. USC, which at one time appeared to be the leader, has fallen off somewhat.

``At the beginning of the season, I liked them a lot," Gillenwater said. "But they have a lot of players and I want to try and get in the game as a freshman."

Gillenwater also mentioned that Oklahoma State, Kansas and Washington have expressed interest.

``I'd like to get some interest from east coast schools, but I haven't really heard anything from any," he added.


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