Bejarano Lighting Up the Scoreboard

Phoenix North star guard and Texas commit Daniel Bejarano is in the middle of another terrific season. This year, however, the 6-4, 195-pound scorer has had to fight through injury after taking a hard fall in December. Now back at full strength, the future Longhorn is lighting up the scoreboard.

If there are two words that can be used to describe Phoenix North junior guard Daniel Bejarano, they are determined and resilient. The Texas commit shows those qualities not only on the court, but off the court as well, fighting through injury to return to his normal, dominant self as quickly as possible.

In mid-December, Bejarano's determination and resilient qualities were put to the test after taking a very hard fall on his tailbone in a game against Cesar Chavez. The #20 prospect in the 2010 class said it was tough being out due to injury, but has come back stronger than ever.

"I hated getting injured," Bejarano said. "It sucked. I just love the game so much and hated being out. I'm averaging about 28 points per game. Because of my injury, my scoring average went down, but I had game of 39 and 38 the next game. I had 24 points and nine rebounds on Tuesday night. We are 12-4," added the Phoenix North star.

The five star prospect, who averaged nearly 23 points, nine rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.8 blocked shots as a sophomore, says he is spending a lot of time this year working on his off hand (left hand).

"This year, to tell you the truth, I'm learning the game more every game. I feel like I'm improving every game. My off hand is getting better. I've been working on my off hand and finishing around the basket. I need to finish with both hands more around the basket," Bejarano said.

With offers from the likes of UCLA, USC, Arizona, Arizona State, Kansas, Indiana, Marquette, West Virginia, Washington and Oregon State among others before committing to Texas October 24, there are seemingly always questions in the state of Arizona if the coveted guard will stay committed to Texas for over a year before signing his letter of intent in November of 2009. The future McDonald's All-American says he is fully committed to playing for the Longhorns.

"I'm still committed to Texas. More than 100% committed, I'm 120% committed totally to Texas. I'm still getting letters, but no more phone calls and text messages," said Bejarano, who had to change his phone number to due to the high volume of calls and text messages.

When the Phoenix area star isn't found playing and practicing, there is a good chance one can find him watching the Longhorns.

"I've been watching mostly every game. I have DVR, so I can record the games I miss and watch them. I saw the OU game and I was so mad. Coach Barnes was true about having to come to play every night. I had faith in Texas the whole time and think they could have played better. I'm supposed to go down to Texas this month or next month. It may be after the season too. I just have to see. I can't wait to go back," Bejarano said.

Bejarano joins St. Benedict Prep forward Tristan Thompson as commitments in the 2010 class giving the Longhorns two of the top 20 prospects in the country in the junior class. Thompson is the #1 prospect in the 2010 class, while Bejarano rounds out the top 20.

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