Update on Love, Stanback, More Prospects

Kevin Love, the 6-9 prospect from Lake Oswego, Oregon, coming to UCLA next fall, finished his high school career by setting the Oregon scoring record; Chace Stanback, the 6-7 forward from Fairfax on his way to UCLA, is favored to win the state championship. A number of other UCLA recruits are still alive in the state playoffs...

Kevin Love, the 6-9 prospect committed to UCLA from Lake Oswego (Ore.) High, considered the #1 post player in the nation, lost in the state championship game but set the all-time career high school scoring record for Oregon.

Love lost to his friend, Duke-bound Kyle Singler and South Medford in the 6-A Oregon State Championship, 58-54.

Love did just about everything he could in the effort, finishing with 37 points and 15 rebounds. In one stretch, he scored 24 consecutive points for Lake Oswego.

Love and Lake Oswego beat South Medford in the state final last year.

Love ended his high school career having scored the most points in Oregon high school history. The previous record of 2,584, was established in 1957 by Bob "Pudge" Hunt. Love broke record in the state semi-final game, and then added on to his career number, ending with 2,628 points.

Love averaged 34 points, 18 rebounds, 5 blocks, and 4 assists per game for the season.

The dominant post player will play in the McDonald's All-American Game, on March 28th, with the game being televised by ESPN (McDonald's Game Site) He'll also play in the Reebok Roundball Classic, April 3rd, (RoundBall Classic Site).


Chace Stanback, the 6-7 forward committed to UCLA, after leading Los Angeles Fairfax to its first Los Angeles CIF City Section title in 20 years, is on the verge of more history, being one game away from its first state title game since 2004.

Fairfax will have to face its league rivals, Westchester, once again, in the Southern California Division I final before it can advance to the state final.

Fairfax already beat Westchester in the L.A. City Section championship.

The Southern California Division I Final will be at UCLA's Pauley Pavilion, Saturday, March 17th, at 8:00 p.m.

To get to the SoCal final, Stanback scored 18 points, and made two free throws with a few seconds left in the game, against Pasadena, to win 54-51.

Police had to be called to control an overflow crowd of fans, many of which were turned away, including UCLA Head Coach Ben Howland.

Stanback, for the season, is averaging 25 points and 12 rebounds per game and is shooting just about 45% from three.

He's a shoe-in for Los Angeles City Player of the Year.

If Fairfax wins, they'll advance to the Division I State final, which will be in Sacramento's Arco Arena, March 24th.


Other interesting prospect notes concerning the California high school playoffs:

UCLA's junior target, 6-8 Drew Gordon, is still alive with his San Jose Archbishop Mitty team. They face Jesuit in the Northern California Division II final, and could advance to play Santa Ana Mater Dei in the state final if Mater Dei wins in the SoCal final. Mater Dei has the UCLA prospects, David Wear and Travis Wear, the 6-9 sophomores.

Mitty won the CIF Central Coast Section Division II Championship.

Mater Dei will play Redondon Union in the SoCal final at Pauley Pavilion, March 17th at 4:00 p.m.

Artesia, which has UCLA prospect, sophomore Renardo Sidney, the 6-10 post, will play in the SoCal Division III Final Saturday, and is favored to advance to the state final.

The game will be at Pauley at 12:00 p.m. against La Canada.

Artesia beat Mater Dei in the CIF 1-AA Southern Section final.

In Division IV, Campbell Hall and Jrue Holiday, the 6-3 junior guard and UCLA target, will play for the SoCal Final to advance to the state final. Campbell Hall are the champions of the Division III-AA Southern Section.

In Division V, Modesto Christian and 6-6 sophomore Reeves Nelson, a UCLA prospect, will be looking to move on to the state final when it plays in the NorCal final Saturday.

Modesto Christian won the Sac-Joaquin Section Division V Championship.


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