In the last two months, Brandon Spearman, a 6-3 shooting guard from Chicago Simeon High School, has pushed the Warriors to the championship title of the Real Deal in the Rock tournament in Arkansas, and the Nike Spring Showcase in Merrilville, Indiana.
The Warriors then followed that up with a loss in the championship game of the Hensley Memorial tournament in Fort Wayne, Indiana. WeAreDePaul.com's Scott Phillips observed Spearman in action with the Warriors. "(He's a) guy who continues to win me over," said Phillips. "Spearman is tough and intelligent with some emerging offensive skills. He made multiple plays that many players would not make with his intelligence and tenaciousness. You won't find many that play as hard as him."
At the Sabes Invitational in Minneapolis, earlier this month, Spearman drew the assignment of guarding Scout.com's #1 ranked player in the class of 2010 in Harrison Barnes of All-Iowa Attack. Brandon did a good job of containing Barnes in that contest.
"It was pretty tough, because he's tall, long and he can really shoot the ball," said Spearman. "I did a pretty good job."
Spearman followed up that performance by being named to the all-tournament team at the St. Louis Eagles Invitational.
Along with guards Vander Blue, a former Wisconsin commit, and Ahmad Starks, who has verballed to Oregon State, the Warriors have a formidable backcourt trio.
"He's made some strides," said Larry Butler, coach of the Warriors program. "He's coming along. He's made some good plays in terms of getting to the basket. He's made some shots. He shoots it from the three range. He's playing well."
Spearman is ranked as the 24th best shooting guard in the nation for the class of 2010 by Scout.com. Based on his play this spring, that ranking is bound to go up.
"Forget upside, talent, anything else that seemingly matters in scouting, Brandon Spearman is one of the most competitive kids in the Class of 2010," wrote Scout.com's Dave Telep. "He'd be welcomed on any college team, at least ones that really like to win."
"I'm physical, strong, an all-around player that can do it all," Spearman said. "I just need to be more consistent."
Brandon, who is looking to take campus visits this summer, has been getting interest from Butler, Dayton, DePaul, Loyola, Marquette, Nevada, Oklahoma State, and Xavier.
Spearman heard from new DePaul assistant Tracy Webster during his first week on the job in Chicago. "Tracy Webster has been calling me," Spearman said. "They're really on me."
For now, Spearman is focusing on his game this summer and will worry about a college decision later. "I'm just looking for a school that fits me," Spearman said. "I prefer an up and down style of play."
Stay tuned to WeAreDePaul.com for the very latest on Brandon Spearman and other Class of 2010 prospects.
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