News of Josh Huestis’s commit to Stanford is all over the net today, being reported by Rivals, Scout, ESPN and countless other web sites and it should spread further as the day continues. While the local Palo Alto papers have some short blurbs about Josh’s signing I have not seen any from the local papers, but again they should come later today or tomorrow.
ESPN had a nice short little article on Josh’s signing that I thought was the best of what I have read so far. ESPN also gives Josh a rating of 90. Although I am look forward to see what the Great Fall Tribune has to write on the subject, and hopefully also get a few nice quotes from Josh.
Here is what ESPN had to say”
Top 50 power forward Josh Huestis gave Stanford a verbal commitment on Thursday, according to multiple sources.
Huestis, ranked No. 49 at his position in the Class of 2010, chose the Cardinal over Harvard and at one point was considering USC, Oregon State and Colorado.
A huge summer vaulted the Montana native up the rankings, according to ESPN.com’s Joel Francisco.
“Josh exploded onto the summer scene with his production at various tournaments and camps. He opened many coaches eyes with his impressive frame and athleticism.”
Huestis would best be described as a combo forward right now, Francisco noted.
“He has some solid physical qualities, but he’s somewhat of a ‘tweener at this stage. He’s got a ‘wing-type’ frame, but his skills translate more to the power forward position.
“He’s very active around the rim and has a soft shooting touch out to the stripe. In addition, he handles the ball well in transition and is able to slash his way to the rim,” Francisco added.
“Josh plays with purpose in mind and has a fair amount of savvy for this game. if he can extend his shooting touch and polish his ball handling against pressure he should be a solid recruit for the Cardinal.”
Huestis is the fifth 2010 commitment for head coach Johnny Dawkins and his staff. He joins ESPNU 100 recruits Dwight Powell (Toront, Ont./IMG Academy) and Anthony Brown (Huntington Beach, Calif./Ocean View H.S.) along with John Gage (Vashon, Wash./Vashon Island H.S.) and Aaron Bright (Issaquah, Wash./Issaquah H.S.).
What is also very interesting is how the different services/site have Josh rated. He seems to be a little bit all over the board, but I think this is because many people did not have any idea who Josh was prior to this summer. Quite frankly, many of the folks who do the ratings for these services have not had that many chances to see Josh so are not comfortable rating him.
I think it is also quite telling that among all of the high profile programs that were trying to get Josh to join their clubs, that when it came down to it, Josh was chosing between Stanford and Harvard. Maybe not two of the high profile basketball clubs as they now stand, but two programs that are looking to be on the rise as well as two schools at the very highest end of the academic scale among the division one programs.
I want to congratulate Josh on his selection of Stanford and wish him the best of luck there and for the coming season.
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