Rose City: Recruiting Quotes

PORTLAND - Kim Grinolds and Beach from headed south to check out the Northwest's premier AAU hoops event, the Adidas Rose City Showcase, held at Grant High School. They were able to talk to a few of the prospects from the state of Washington and beyond, and here's what they had to say.

Josh Smith (Kentwood HS/Seattle Rotary Select '10)

On playing against Abdul Gaddy and Avery Bradley: "We really wanted to beat those guys, and between Myself, Peyton (Siva) and Tone (Tony Wroten) we knew it was going to be a battle. I just played those guys in high school and Avery came down and hit the game winning three, and we don't get to play those guys very much because they're Reebok and we're Adidas, so we get spread out and go our separate ways. Those two are D1 players, and we've got three D1 guys so it always fun to go at two guys like that who can score the way they can."

On his summer plans: "I've got Adidas Nation next and than the UW Team camp. I don't even know after that. I'm pretty much booked every weekend."

On his growth: "Yeah, I think I've grown a little bit. I think I'm around 6-10 now, and (chuckling) I'm slimming down a little bit. My Dad has me working out at Bally's to tone up, but obviously, I don't need to get any bigger. Less weight, more reps. I love going, and it's only going to make me better."

On recent offers: "Recently Kentucky and Kansas offered me, but I've lost count of the offers."

Addressing rumors about a verbal to UCLA: "They've got a lot of good basketball history, and Coach (Ben) Howland has been out to see me four times so everybody keeps saying I'm going to UCLA, but I haven't committed there. People are bugging me to go local to UW, Gonzaga or Wazzu, but I'm just trying to enjoy it all."
Shawn Kemp (Cherokee HS/Worldwide Renegades '09)

On his current size: "I'm 6-9, 225."

On his past season: "I averaged about 13 points, 5 rebounds a game."

On areas of his game he's working to improve: "Post moves, and I've been working a lot on my game."

On playing in the shadow of his father, Shawn Kemp: "It's a big burden, I've got a lot to live up to."

On Recruiting: "Georgia, Marquette and Nebraska are showing me a lot of attention. Marquette and Auburn have offered. Washington is looking at me and I've been talking to Coach (Paul) Fortier. I was actually born in Seattle and lived there until I was 5. I haven't really started narrowing my school list down yet."

On what he's looking for in a program: "I'm looking for a great coach, somebody I can really understand and a team I can get along with."
Aaron Dotson (Rainier Beach HS/Friends of Hoop Seattle '09)

On playing football: "They're working on me pretty hard to play football, and there's a slight chance I might. I wanted to do it, but I went out and caught a few passes but I really didn't have a passion for it. It was cold outside and I hate being cold."

On areas he's working to improve: "I've been working really hard on my ball handling, shooting and getting stronger. Coaches are telling me they want to see me handling the ball more."

On what position college coaches expect to see him play: "They want be to be able to play the one, two and three. My doctor thinks I'll end up around 6-5."

On Recruiting: "Right now my top six are Indiana, Kansas, Oregon, USC, Miami and Gonzaga. Right now I have offers from Gonzaga, Georgia and Oregon State. A lot of the other coaches really want to see me play first. I'll be going to the LeBron James Skills academy later in July."

On Washington: "Washington isn't recruiting me. I don't know why. I haven't spoken to them in the last year."
Avery Bradley (Bellarmine Prep HS/Northwest Panthers '09)

On playing against Rotary: "We don't get to play each other very often, so we were both really excited to see who was the better team. I came out kind of lackadaisical, I wasn't really in the game, but I'm going to come out tomorrow a lot harder. It's really fun because it shows how good the players are in the Northwest. I'm happy for them, they played a real good game and they won."

On being called for a technical foul after shoving a Rotary player under the basket: "It was unintentional and if I could do anything to take it back I would have, because it really hurt my team. I'm going to make up for it tomorrow."

On playing with best friend Abdul Gaddy in college: "We are best friends, and we would like to go to school together, but if it doesn't happen, we'll be okay with that too."

On rumors: "I hear about (rumors), but we try not to pay attention to it and just focus on basketball and leave the drama alone."

On his college visit plans: "I'm going to Texas at the end of the month to check it out but I haven't scheduled any other visits as of right now. I'll probably set up a visit to Memphis, but that's about it."

On recent offers: "Marquette just offered. I've had about a dozen new offers in the last three weeks."

On his current leaders: "Right now my leaders are probably USC, UCLA, Memphis, Texas, Washington. That's what I can think of off the top of my head."

On Washington: "Oh yeah, I'm looking at Washington. This is my home town. They weren't on my list for a while but now they're definitely back on it now."

On the timing for his decision: "I don't really have a timetable right now. I don't want to make any decision until I've taken all of my visits."
Abdul Gaddy (Bellarmine Prep HS/Northwest Panthers '09)

On playing Rotary: "Ever since we were in the fifth grade our games have been packed like that. It's always been a rivalry between us. We knew coming into it that it was going to be real hype. We've all known each other since childhood. I knew it was going to be emotional. The older we get, the game gets more and more athletic."

On Rotary's Josh Smith: "Josh is just another player to me. I've seen a million players like him. You travel to the East Coast and there's five of him on a team. He's a big dude, and since he's from the Pacific Northwest there's only one of him."

On his school list: "I'm open to everyone right now. I'm taking the process slow with all of my coaches and my family."

On decommitting from Arizona: "It was a tough conversation with Coach (Lute) Olson but he understood completely. I told him it wasn't really like a decommit that I didn't want to go there; I just wanted to reopen it and give him and his new assistant coaches a chance to re-recruit me."

On his leaders: "I don't even have any top schools right now." Top Stories