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California shooting guard Bryan Alberts commits to Gonzaga

UPDATE:   

Class of 2014 shooting guard Bryan Alberts, out of Northridge, California, has committed to Gonzaga. Alberts plays his high school ball for Village Christian and AAU for the BTI Pump N Run Select team where he is far and away the most sought after college prospect on the roster. Alberts, 6'3, 180 lbs, is rated three stars on 247sports and ESPN.com, while being rated just two stars on Rivals and Scouthoops.com. He received offers from other major programs such as Northwestern, Wisconsion, Arizona State, Washington, and Oklahoma before choosing to head to the Pacific Northwest to play for the Gonzaga Bulldogs and Head Coach Mark Few. 

ANALYSIS:

Bryan Alberts, although just rated three and two stars depending on which site you look at, is a steal for coach Mark Few. As with many other prospects, his offer list really shows what kind of player he is. Someone garnering that many offers from major programs is underrated at two, and probably even three stars. What's likely holding Alberts back from gaining stars is his injury history. He reportedly suffers from severe tendinitis in his knees. If true, that's a red flag for someone his age. If he is able to work past his injuries, Alberts could give Mark Few a nice multi-dimensional weapon at the shooting guard position. Alberts is your old school, do it all two guard that coaches covet because so few of them exist in today's game. He's a pure shooter that can create his own shot at will, and he has a clean, quick stroke on his jumper that will help him shoot over longer defenders in college. According to Jerry Meyer of 247sports, Alberts has drawn comparisons to Steven Gray, former Gonzaga point guard. The comparison appears lazy on the surface given that comparisons are made so frequently just because two players went to the same school. However, after a deeper look, the comparison certainly seems to be accurate. For a guy that will likely be called on to play some point guard, Alberts will need to work on his passing skills and learn how to get teammates more involved in the game. Few has grown accustomed to point guards who operate primarily on the perimeter the last few years in David Stockton and Kevin Pangos, but Alberts is a guy that can come in the game and bring a different dimension to the Zags roster. With a veteran backcourt, coach Few will lose several key players soon, and it's never too early to go ahead and start stockpiling talented guards for the future. Few got himself a good one in Bryan Alberts.

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Evan Daniels