I have heard that the Bobcat coaching staff is recruiting Bruce English of La Verne Lutheran high school in La Verne California. English is team mates with another 2011 recruit J.C. Cooper as well as incoming Bobcat freshman Jordan Salley. Last season La Verne won the California Div. 4 State championship with and finished the season with a 28-8 record, and won their final 12 games to take the championship. The La Verne team was made up totally of underclassmen (Salley had to sit out the year with a knee injury), and are favored to repeat again this year.
For this coming season La Verne will feature 3 seniors, 2 juniors and one sophomore who are all receiving serious D-1 recruiting attention.
English is a 6-1 combo guard who averaged 12 points, 3 assist, 4 rebounds 2 steals while shooting 59% from the field, 30% from three point range (although he did not take that many 3 point shots) and 66% from the charity strip. English is an extremely athletic and explosive player. He has a knack for drawing fouls. I read where his coach once described him as the energizer bunny on the floor. He has good range out to about 16 feet but will need to improve his range in college. This summer he was named a top 20 player selection at the 2010 Pangos All-American tournament. He was also rated as the #4 senior combo guard prospect in California by FullCourtPress.com.
ESPN gave him a 79 rating and ranked him 165 among shooting guards nationally. Here is their evaluation of Mr. English:
January, 2010: Offensively, English hunts for scoring opportunities. He is at his best when he is knocking down his mid range pull-up jump shot. Bruce has good lift and rhythm on his pull-up jump shot, but, at times, he will over penetrate to put himself in bad scoring positions. He stays low and is explosive with his first step from the wing; he can perform a variety of dribble moves when cut off on drives. Bruce needs to work on improving his passing skills on the move, as well as, feeding the post. Bruce will at times get caught watching the basketball and not moving without the ball to create scoring opportunities. Defensively, he is an aggressive on the ball defender and rebounds down well from the guard position.
October, 2008: English is one of the best athletes in the state. He has the prototypical frame of a high-major defensive back and the bounce to go with it. He is a 2-guard trapped in a point guard’s body. He has a tremendous knack to score, especially in the paint area. His vertical is quite impressive and he has the strength to match it as well. He is very astute at elevating in the paint and utilizing his strength and bounce to convert over the bigs. He has a blistering first step to the basket as well, but the other areas of his game are a work in progress. His jump shot is streaky – gets great lift on it, but it’s flat. In addition, he plays the game at a relentless pace and sometimes his decision-making can be a tad erratic. On the other hand, defensively he could be a menace for opponents due to his effort level and athleticism. Overall, English has all the athletic intangibles for the game, but in order for him to play at the next level he needs to pay attention to his jump shot and savvy for the game.
Fullcourtpree.com Evaluation from this past July
Bruce English, 6’1”, La Verne Lutheran (La Verne CA)
Very explosive lead guard can really score especially while driving to the basket. Bruce’s baseline jump shot at the buzzer lifted La Verne Lu over Windward to win the 2010 CIF-Southern Section Division V sectional title (his team would also capture the California State Division V title this year as well). Impressive in the classroom.
Here is a link to a Video entitled Dunk of the Tournament by 6’0 Bruce English 2010 Pangos Cream of the Crop.
I am hearing that along with Montana State, Washington State, UNLV, Stanford, USC, SMU, Colorado, Arizona State, UTEP, Hawaii and Pepperdine have all shown an interest in English, but I have not got a firm idea the level of interest each school has.