Top Three For Elite Power Forward

Fullerton (Calif.) High's 6-10 <b>Brett Hoerner</b>, the #3 ranked power forward in the west for 2005, has three Pac-10 schools at the top of his list...

Brett Hoerner, a 6-10 rising senior power forward from Fullerton (Calif.) High, is one of the more intriguing big men in the class of 2005.

While he's very slender, and needs to get stronger, Hoerner is also pretty skilled. Despite his lack of bulk, Hoerner is not afraid to go inside and he's got excellent timing as a shot blocker. With good feet and hands, and a nice shot to 16-18 feet, Hoerner has one of the better upsides among post players in the west.

Hoerner suffered a tough break recently when he dislocated two fingers at the recent San Diego State team camp. His doctor advised him not to play for three weeks, telling Hoerner that he could risk serious damage by playing any sooner.

With that timetable, Hoerner is out of action for the Nike camp in Indianapolis. His first summer exposure to college coaches will likely come at the Fullcourt Press All-West camp July 12th-14th.

We spoke with Hoerner yesterday and asked him which schools have been calling him this past week. "There's been a lot of schools calling," said Hoerner. "My top three right now are probably Washington, Arizona State and UCLA."

Given that three West Coast schools are at the top of his list, we asked Hoerner if location is an issue.

"Yes, I want to stay close to home," said Hoerner. "I want my parents to be able to see me play and my Dad won't fly."

Hoerner doesn't anticipate making a decision anytime soon. "I'd like to take my official visits in September or October, then make my decision in the fall," Hoerner said.

Hoerner told us he has a 3.0 GPA and he's waiting on results from a recent SAT test.

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