"We committed to NC State," said Mr. Gonzalez. "Basically, what went into the decision was the opportunity that he would have to compete for minutes at the position in his first year and everything else that NC State has to offer.
"The entire support program they have is great. This is a great opportunity to be one of coach Lowe's first players to come in there, and we feel it is a great fit. I also wanted my son to participate in a high-level of competition, and I think this will bring the best out of him."
Gonzalez, who is a lock to win Miami-Dade Player of the Year after a stellar senior season at Dr. Krop, started at point guad for Art Alvarez's Miami Tropics AAU team last summer. University of Miami guards Guillermo Diaz and Denis Clemente starred for the Tropics, as did Florida State freshman Josue Soto. Before setting loads of records at Northeastern, Jose Juan Barea ran the show for Alvarez, and he is currently in the NBA with the Dallas Mavericks. Alvarez's next talented floor general is Miami (FL) Krop senior Javier Gonzalez.
"We've had great guards down here," said Alvarez. "I really see Javy as a combination of all those guys. This is a kid who played his sophomore year at St. Patrick's (NJ) next to Corey Fisher, and he was named second-team All-State. Last spring he played at the Kingswood Classic next to O.J. Mayo, and O.J. had enough respect for Javy that he played off the ball so Javy could run the team as our point guard.
"This is a kid that has really been up against the best. He's very quick with the basketball, and he can create his own shot and easy shots for the other players. We feel that he can be a really good point guard in the ACC."
Mr. Gonzalez and Javier were also impressed with the coaching staff, the players, and the atmosphere at NC State after watching Wednesday night's win over Wake Forest.
|"We feel that he can be a really good point guard in the ACC."|
"Everybody on the staff was great," Mr. Gonzalez stated. "The positive feeling that we got from the coaches was important. Also, the head coach and the associate head coach had careers in the NBA as point guards, so he will be schooled by great point guards. I feel like they are going to get the most out of him.
"He got along great with the players and everyone was friendly. He was very surprised [by the atmosphere], just like I was, but the reception was unbelievable. Fans were chanting his name and the past NC State players were very friendly. We really felt at home. It was a very comfortable atmosphere."
Gonzalez also held offers from LSU, Washington State, Duquesne, Hofstra, and Central Florida among others, with visits to LSU and Washington State already lined up. Now that he has committed, will he still take those trips?
"We're not going to take any other visits," Mr. Gonzalez said. "We don't really want to waste anyone's time. You're looking for a certain fit, and when you find it you take advantage of it. It was his decision, and in the end he made the decision after sitting down with the coaches."
Pack Pride will have more from Javier Gonzalez in the near future so stay tuned!