Gabriel Pruitt, 6-2 JR PG Los Angeles (Calif.) Westchester, has long been one of our favorite players and we believe he has a chance to be an elite PG in the 2004 class. He's played off the ball the last two years at Compton Centennial, but he's transferred to Westchester and he figures to have the ball in his hands a lot more over the next couple years.
We spoke with Pruitt this past weekend and he gave us a preliminary list of schools that he's considering. "USC, UCLA, Kansas, Arizona, Maryland, Syracuse, Florida and New Mexico are some of the schools," said Pruitt. "But I'm really wide open at this point and I'm open to others as well. I did get fifty pieces of mail from USC the other day."
We asked Pruitt if any schools had been out to see him yet at Westchester and he said, "Florida and New Mexico have been out."
We asked Pruitt about the factors that might influence his decision. "I want to take a look at who is there and who else they are recruiting," Pruitt said. "I might like to go back east and have a different experience, but I'm not sure. I want to play in a system where they run, but also somewhere that has a controlled, structured offense. I'm also looking at possibly getting into computer engineering -- so that could be a factor."
We asked Pruitt how much importance he places on the opportunity to play for a national title contender. "Playing time is more important to me," said Pruitt. "I want to play on a winning team, that has a chance to go to the tournament, but the individual situation, and how I might be prepared for possibly the NBA or playing after college, is more important."
Pruitt said he plans on taking his time with the decision. "I want to take some visits and be sure about my decision," said Pruitt.
Pruitt told us that he has a GPA of around 2.7 or 2.8. He hasn't yet taken the SAT.