West Coast Hoops Reports is reporting that the Montana Grizzly staff is recruiting Antonio Worthy of Montebello high school in the Long Beach area of California. I think it is safe to say Worthy is a true big man at 6-11 and tipping the scales any where from 270-300 pounds. Worthy will be entering his junior season, this coming year at Montebello, so will be part of the 2011 recruiting class.
I do not have Worthy’s official stats from last year, but he lead Montebello in scoring averaging approximate 14 points and 12 rebounds a game while shooting 50% from the field. He has started every game since his freshman year, and is not afraid to use his size to get his advantage. As a freshman he was listed as a 6-8 300 pounds, and this past year (his sophomore year) he was listed 6-10 and 300 pounds, but has lost about 20 pounds and is now listed at 6-11 280. He played well enough this summer that he has caught the eye of quite a few D-1 programs, but his weight will be the key element to his recruitment.
Here is an evaluation from CaliforniaPreps.com from last summer:
6’9″ 2011 Antonio Worthy of Montebello HS, CA (L.A. Rockfish #2) and (Southeast LA)-Has tremendous hands and does a nice job of keeping the ball high when he catches. Capable rebounder and finisher too. Needs to lose weight and develop conditioning.
Then again from CaliforniaPreps.com this past spring:
The difference in the game was SELA’s big guy, 6-foot-11 rising junior Antonio Worthy (Montebello). It didn’t matter how many guys suited up for DBC – they had no one that could match up against Worthy’s size. He’s a bit of a project but seemed to get more comfortable as the game wore on and dominated the paint at times in the second half.
6-11 Antonio Worthy, a raw but promising big guy who needs to improve his conditioning and stamina. Worthy, who will be a junior at Montebello High School, is strong inside and has a good touch. Washington State, USC, Loyola Marymount and Montana have all given him a look and if he sheds a few pounds and learns to finish better, more schools might come calling.
It is apparent that Worthy has the skills and talent to play D-1 ball in a few years, but it will boil down to his weight and conditioning.
Note: the picture above is a few years old from his freshman year.