Hoop Recruits

<FONT face=Verdana color=#000080 size=2>A look at the 2002 and 2003 Basketball Recruiting classes of Head Coach Ben Braun's California Golden Bears

Class of 2002
Richard Midgely- 6'2 195 PG/SG Richard excelled as a point guard in high school. While he has an excellent tool set (vision, court awareness, passing, shooting) to play PG at the college level he may also see some time at the shooting guard position because of his outstanding 3pt range and accuracy. Richard was ineligible for 2001-2002 high school season due to a CIF ruling on his elgibility related to his transfer from England. Richard is 4.0 student with board scores around 1300s. Richard is considered a top 100 prospect in the class of '02
David Paris- Son of NFL lineman William "Bubba" Paris. David is a 6'8 250 PF. David showed rapid develoment between his junior and senior years which propelled him from perhaps a borderline top 100 player to a top 75 player in the class of '02 David was a high school teammate of Richard Midgley's at Modesto Christian. David's sisters are considered big time recruits for Cal's women's program. David is a ~3.3 student with board score of 990
Rodrique "Rod" Benson- Late acquisition for Ben Braun after the early departure of Jamal Sampson. "Rod" is a 6'10 C whose stock rose dramtically during last summer and throughout his senior year. He's a top 125-175 player for the '02 class. Rod has ~3.5 GPa with board scores in the 1200s.
Yaniv Green- Chalk this one up to Amit Tamir. Green is a very close friend with Tamir which helped Green select Cal over UCONN, UCLA and profesional contract in Israel. Green is a 6'8 PF/C who likes to get physical and won't shy away from contact. Green at 22 is considered one of Israel's top young talents and he'll have 3 years of eligibility. Green will likely serve an 8 game suspension due to the same circumstances to that of Amit Tamir.
Class of 2003
Wesley Washington- Jamal Sampson was instrumental in Wesley coming to Cal. Wesley is a 6'3 SG with incredible athleticism. Wesley's stock has continued to rise despite many analysts questioning his abilities and talents. Wesley had 25 points 7 rebounds 7 assists in leading a young but very talented Mater Dei squard over #1 team in tha nation, Oak Hill Academy. Wesley continues amaze and dazzle fans, writers and scouts alike with his summer performances
Dominic Mcguire- Dominic hasn't received the press he deserves because he's skipped the AAU circuit to concentrate on his studies. He's considred the top wing on the west coast and a top 25-50 talent overall. A 6-6 WF Dominic has a smooth J and can defend and loves to rebound.
*Marquise Kately- Marquise is one of the fastest rising talents on the west coast. Often over shadowed by Oakland Soldiers Teammate Leon Powe, Kately might be the top athlete in the 2003 class. It has taken awhile for the rest of the nation to take notice but after being named to the Adidas Big Time All Tournament Team last summer Kately's stock has taken off. With Marquise dominating at this year's Big Time tourney he'll likley be a top 50 talent with a chance to sneak in the top 25. Marquise is currently attending prep school a Maine Central Institute.
Leon Powe- Cal's biggest recruit since Jason Kidd. Leon has been offered by just about every school and everyone wanted him badly. He's a great character on and off the court and has had to grow up quickly under difficult circumstances. Leon is considered a top 5-10 talent in the 2003 class and perhaps is the best finisher in traffic in the 2003 class. Leon has missed the AAU circuit this summer to rehab a torn ACL. He's thought of as a Donell Harvey (former Univ. of Florida star) but with greater offensive capabilities. He's jewel in what is shaping up to be a top 5 recruiting class for Ben Braun in 2003

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