Something special is growing north of the border - North Vancouver, British Columbia, to be exact. Robert Sacre played AAU basketball the summer of 2005 at 6'9" 250 lbs. By the end of his recent 2006 Championship and MVP season, still just a junior in high school, Rob was 6'11" with 7' well within his sights. Perhaps the most impressive thing about Sacre is how developed he is. At 260 lbs, he is extremely well-built and muscular, and that enables him to play his style of game: power. So many kids this tall need to add bulk to their gangly frames. Not Sacre. With average athleticism, Rob relies on strength to power to the hoop or grab rebounds. He is very fundamentally sound, and that, in part, may be due to the fact that his mother starred on a powerful LSU team as a collegian and she knows the game as well as anybody.
He has much to learn, no doubt, but it is especially encouraging that Rob has learned how to dominate. Timidity can be a bugaboo for many kids 6'11", and every Zag fan is happy to hear that he welcomes physical play and relishes being the go-to player in crunch time for his Handsworth team. But let it be known that Sacre enjoys getting his teammates involved and making them better, often a trait more relevant for point guards than for big banging centers.
Rob Sacre drives with authority to the hoop.
The following is what scout.com's west coast recruiting analyst Greg Hicks had to say about Sacre after observing him at an April 2005 AAU tournament: Sacre is a great-looking prospect, with a great, well-built body and good athleticism. He's so strong now, it's intriguing to think about what he'll be like when he's a high school senior. He showed a good feel with his back to the basket, looking fluid catching the ball and converting, and was an aggressive rebounder. Definitely a recruit for the 2007 class that will garner a great deal of attention from the west and probably nationally.
Rob put up averages of roughly 25 ppg, 14 rpg and 7 bpg over his junior season. His repertoire includes a jump shot out to 17 feet, and several post moves, most of the power variety, but also a nice baby hook. Already a prized committed recruit, Sacre is known for his hard work ethic, for never "settling", and for being the ultimate team player. A solid student, his arrival at Gonzaga in 2007 is already building excitement and anticipation among all involved with the Bulldogs community. Mark Few has never quite had this type of inside presence to utilize in previous Zags lineups.
We can't wait.