Gonzalez Makes it Official

Miami (FL) Dr. Krop point guard Javier Gonzalez committed to NC State this spring, and now he is officially a member of the Wolfpack.

Previously, Gonzalez informed Pack Pride that he needed his mother, who lives in Puerto Rico, to sign the papers. That wasn't entirely the case.

"I signed my letter of intent earlier in April," Javier Gonzalez told Pack Pride. "I thought we had to send the papers to my mom, but we didn't even have to do that. They only needed one parent to sign it so my dad signed it for me.

"It feels good to be done with recruiting. I just need to get the classes in order."

Gonzalez is confident that his current test scores will be sufficient, should his GPA remain as expected. However, he is still taking the remaining tests just in case there is a slip up in his core courses.

"I'm not real worried," he said. "Right now I have A's in both classes because I've been doing all my work, so I feel good about it.

"I need to get B's in those last classes, and I'll be good. I did sign up for the SAT on May 1st. I'm still going to take that one."

The plan is in place for Gonzalez to arrive in Raleigh later this summer.

"I'm going to come up in July," he said. "I talked to coach Monte [Towe] on Saturday. He was just telling me to focus on my classes, behave, and take care of my body. We talked some about how it was going to be when I get there, but basically we were just talking about the grades."

Gonzalez didn't sign in the fall and the decision paid off as he became a hot commodity after a huge senior year. Leading Miami (FL) Dr. Krop deep into the state playoffs, Gonzalez averaged 20 points, six assists, and five rebounds. He was named first-team All-Dade, first-team all-state, and was tabbed the Class 6A State Player of the Year.

Gonzalez committed to NC State in March after considering offers from the Wolfpack, LSU, Washington State, Hofstra, Central Florida, and Duquesne among others.

At 6-foot and 175-pounds, he is a point guard that can create shots for his teammates and score in traffic. He has the toughness needed to play the position in the ACC, and his athleticism can create problems for opposing defenses.

His AAU coach, Miami Tropics head coach Art Alvarez, knows all about great point guards. He has coached several of them over the past few years.

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.

"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."

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