Brendan Lane's Stock Is Rising

Brendan Lane hasn't received the same level of hype as some of the other top 2009 prospects, but he's clearly one of the elite guys in the class. He tells us that he wants to stay on the West Coast for college...

Brendan Lane, 6-8 JR PF/SF Rocklin (Calif.) High, has all the tools to be a big-time player. He's got the body -- excellent frame and long arms -- the athleticism, and the skill level. He can shoot the three, but he has the size to make plays in the paint. His ball skills are above average for a young kid his size.

Lane moves extremely well and he's pretty bouncy. He's also a good shot-blocker. Add to that the fact that he's an excellent student and he shows all the signs of becoming an elite player. Assuming continued development, I expect Lane to end up as one of the top few players in the west for 2009.

I spoke with Lane at the West Coast All-Star Camp and asked about the schools that he's heard from to date.

"USC, Cal, Stanford, Washington, Gonzaga and UCLA are the main ones," said Lane.

Lane said a couple schools have offered.

"USC and Cal have offered," said Lane.

Lane talked a little about what he's looking for in a school.

"The academics are a big thing," said Lane. "Also, I'd like to stay on the West Coast. It's a big deal to my Mom and, in the end, I'll probably stay in the west. And playing time is important. I'd like to play right away as a freshman."

Lane said he doesn't have a leader and all the schools are even in his mind.

Lane said three schools are recruiting him the hardest at this time.

"Cal, USC and Stanford have been recruiting me the hardest," said Lane.

When asked about the timing of his decision, Lane replied, "I'll probably decide sometime after my junior year."

Lane has taken unofficial visits to Cal, USC and Stanford.

Lane told me he has a 3.85 GPA.

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