Future Cougars Report: Men's Hoops

THE FOUR FUTURE COUGS in Ernie Kent's class added to their stat sheets this past week. Robert Franks continues to dominate on the offensive end of the floor, and Jeff Pollard has shown he can consistently score in double figures as well. Pollard has also helped his team get on a serious roll.

Jeff Pollard, 6-8, 215: Pollard (pictured above) and Bountiful High seemingly cannot lose right now. The Braves have won 11 games in a row, and suffered their last loss on Jan. 2. Pollard has reached double figures twice in the last three games, scoring 18 against Judge Memorial High and 19 against Kearns High. In the team's most recent win on Friday, Pollard contributed nine points but that was in large part because one of his teammates had the hot hand. The future Cougar forward is averaging 14.9 points per game this season.

Robert Franks, 6-7, 210: Evergreen High is on a three-game winning streak, thanks in large part to Franks' scoring prowess. The forward had his best game of the streak when he scored a game-high 25 points in a blowout win over Mountain View on Tuesday. The other two victories were much closer as Evergreen beat Skyview High by four and Heritage High by three. Franks contributed 17 points against Skyview, and he scored a team-high 19 points against Heritage.

Derrien King, 6-8, 175: King scored 16 points on Saturday at home against Glendale to help Santa Monica defeat Glendale 84-59. Despite shooting 6 of 12 from the field, King was sloppy at times, committing a game-high five turnovers. Prior to the win, a three-game road trip for the Corsairs ended with a 1-2 record, and King struggled to make long-range shots away from his home court. The future Cougar forward went 2 for 11 from three-point range in the three road games. King was more threatening in the Corsairs' two losses, scoring 10 points and grabbing five rebounds against Citrus, and scoring eight points against Canyons. In an 86-65 win against West LA, King missed all four of his shots and finished with zero points. The Corsairs are now 10-12 this season.

Renard Suggs, 6-3, 200: Gillette College had its five-game winning streak snapped on Jan. 31 with a loss to Western Wyoming Community College. During the winning streak, Suggs turned in a 22-point performance against Casper College. In that game, Suggs made seven of his 15 shots from the field, and went 5 of 9 from beyond the three-point line. Statistics from Gillette's most recent games were not available at press time.


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