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Wisconsin Point Guard Lamonte Bearden Commits to Buffalo

UPDATE:   

Tonight, 6'1, 165 lb point guard Lamonte Bearden commited to Buffalo for the 2014 class. Out of Wisconsin, the senior plays his high school ball at Germantown High School. Despite having offers from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, North Dakota State, South Dakota State, and Oregon State, Bearden opted to head east to play for first-year Buffalo Head Coach Bobby Hurley. Bearden is regarded highly by several recruiting sites. He is a four-star prospect and a three-star prospect on Scout.com and Rivals.com, respectively. 

ANALYSIS:

Bearden is not the most physical point guard, but he compensates for his lack of physicality with crafty dribbling that allows him to shift quickly and blow by defenders rather than try to barrell through them. He has a quick shot release that will help him shoot over taller defenders at the college level. He has a nice high release but to make his jumper more consistent, he needs to work on setting his feet consistently before he rises and fires. Bearden is a huge pick up for Hurley. He is Hurley's first commit for the 2014 class, and choosing to play at a mid-major school when he had a bigger offer (Oregon State) says a lot about his belief in Coach Hurley's ability. After all, Hurley was a great college point guard himself for a high-profile team, and he also played in the NBA before his career was derailed by a car accident. It only makes sense for Bearden to learn from a guy that's had a large amount of success on the court playing his position. Maybe Bearden's commitment will get the ball rolling for Hurley and help him reel in other surprises.  

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