Connecticut Scouts Florida Athlete

Connecticut was scouting a pretty good athlete from Florida recently

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Alonzo Gee continues to rise up the charts this summer almost as easily as he rises for a slam dunk on the fast break.

A well proportioned 6-5, 205 pound athlete from Dwyer H.S. in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., Gee helped the Tallahassee Wildcats to a perfect 3-0 mark in pool play here at the Best of the Summer Tournament.

In a Tuesday night win over the Colorado Express, Gee pumped in 24 points. He came back equally strong on Wednesday morning, throwing down 25 points in a 68-60 win over the Austin Dawgs.

What sets Gee apart from other athletes is that he plays under great control and with precision. He doesn't try to do too many things, instead concentrating on the things he does best, like score in transition and knock down open jumpers. He's also a very capable defender.

Following the Wednesday morning victory, Gee said that he's picked up scholarship offers from Florida State, Maryland, Charlotte, Alabama and Florida. Georgia Tech has also shown strong interest but has yet to offer. The Connecticut staff was on hand and sources say they were impressed with his skills. This is the early portion of the evaluation stage for several teams, including the National Champs, with Gee.

"I am going to play July out and wait until I finish playing basketball until I sit down with my coaches, my brother and my family to decide what schools I will visit," Gee said. "It's still open and I don't have a leader."

Interest in Gee has mushroomed since he kicked off the July evaluation period at the adidas Superstars Camp in Atlanta. He then traveled to the adidas Super 64 in Las Vegas before landing here in Los Angeles for the Best of the Summer.

"Things really took off for me after the Superstars camp," he said. "It's been going well for me."

For such an explosive open-court player, Gee's stats were modest last winter at Dwyer H.S. He averaged 12.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and 4.5 steals per game.

Gee attended team camp at Florida and an individual camp at Charlotte, so he's already had a chance to see a bit of two of the finalists on his list. He also took an unofficial visit to Miami as a junior, but said that the Hurricanes are not a program that he's currently considering.


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