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BobZag
02-24-2009, 08:58 AM
Greg Hicks--

Jordan Gathers, 6-1 JR SG Los Angeles (Calif.) Loyola, is a promising prospect with the ability to score in a variety of ways.

I spoke with Gathers recently and asked about the schools that have been in contact with him.

“USC, Gonzaga, Portland, Stanford, Arizona State, Oregon – a lot of the Pac-10 schools,” said Gathers. “I don’t really have a favorite right now.

CDC84
02-24-2009, 09:07 AM
Same high school that former UCLA guard and Final 4 hero Toby Bailey went to.

rennis
02-24-2009, 09:32 AM
Same high school that former UCLA guard and Final 4 hero Toby Bailey went to.

great last name too. ;)

ZagMan in Philly
02-24-2009, 09:32 AM
I wonder if he has any relations to the late great Hank.

zagsfanforlife
02-24-2009, 09:44 AM
Same high school that I went to as well :)... but then i transferred

ZagNative
02-24-2009, 11:30 AM
I wonder if he has any relations to the late great Hank.Yup! From a February 23, 2009, Los Angeles Daily News story (http://www.dailynews.com/ci_11759809?source=rss)...
WALL: Gathers and Westhead, together again on the basketball court
By Tom Hoffarth, Columnist
Updated: 02/23/2009 05:07:50 PM PST

Not too long ago, Jordan Gathers and Nick Lucenti didn't know much about their one degree of separation to one of the most important stories in college basketball history.

The two juniors on the Loyola High of Los Angeles boys' basketball team are finally up to speed.

As teammates, their focus has been the Division II-A playoffs. The No. 3-seeded Cubs face Simi Valley in Tuesday's semifinals.

Gathers, a 6-foot-3 junior guard, is one of the team's top scorers. His uncle: the late Loyola Marymount basketball star Hank Gathers, who, in 1990, died on the court during a West Coast Conference tournament game at LMU.

Jordan's dad, Derrick, who played at Cal State Northridge, is Hank's brother. But, living on the East Coast, he really doesn't see his son play much in person. Jordan's mother, Leaha, has a strong bond with him as both live in Los Angeles.

Jordan was born after Uncle Hank's passing and never knew him.

Lucenti, a 6-foot-2 junior guard off the bench, is the grandson of Paul Westhead, the LMU coach who was with Gathers on that awful night. Westhead's daughter, Monica, is Nick's mom. The family lives in Manhattan Beach. Westhead, the only person to coach an NBA and WNBA championship team and recently released as an assistant with the NBA's Oklahoma City Thunder, is back living on the Palos Verdes Peninsula with wife Cassie.There's lots more interesting background in the story, here (http://www.dailynews.com/ci_11759809?source=rss).

CaliforniaZaggin'
02-24-2009, 12:13 PM
Great find, ZN. Interesting stuff.

BobZag
02-24-2009, 01:45 PM
Wow.

IronLions
02-24-2009, 02:02 PM
I would love to see him in a Lion uniform. :)

hondo46
02-24-2009, 03:40 PM
I don't know if I have ever seen a guy play harder than Hank played all the time---just loved the guy.

ZagNative
02-24-2009, 03:47 PM
More about Jordan:

From a January 31 story in the LA Times: (http://www.latimes.com/sports/highschool/la-spw-preps31-2009jan31,0,3331003.column)


Loyola beats Harvard-Westlake, 91-88
Jordan Gathers scores 27 for the Cubs, who take over first place in the Mission League.
Eric Sondheimer
January 31, 2009
After missing seven weeks because of a separated shoulder early in the basketball season, junior guard Jordan Gathers of Los Angeles Loyola showed Friday night he's close to being fully recovered, scoring 27 points to help the Cubs defeat North Hollywood Harvard-Westlake, 91-88, in a game for first place in the Mission League.

"He's back," Loyola Coach Jamal Adams said after embracing Gathers in celebration. "He's as athletic as any guard."

In ending Harvard-Westlake's 11-game wining streak, Loyola (16-5, 9-1) seemed to show it learned a lesson from losing to the Wolverines three weeks ago. That was a game in which the pace was too fast and the Cubs relied too much on the shooting of Miles Cartwright.

This time, Loyola received more offensive balance. Carl Hoffman, a 6-foot-9 center, had 18 points. Cartwright and 6-10 Tony Wroblicky had 14 points apiece. In the third quarter, when Loyola opened a 14-point lead, seven different players contributed baskets.

....

Loyola struggled at the free-throw line in the fourth quarter, allowing the Wolverines to close to within 90-88 with 2.3 seconds left on a three-pointer by Cain. Cartwright made one of two free throws, and a desperation shot at the buzzer failed to connect.

"We slowed down, limited our turnovers and finished," Gathers said. "We moved the ball well and everybody got a touch."

At the end of the game, Loyola students charged Harvard-Westlake's home court to celebrate.

"It's crazy," Gathers said. "It's one of the biggest rivalry games in Southern California."Jordan's Scout Page (http://gonzaga.scout.com/a.z?s=130&p=8&c=1&nid=4203982)

Loyola HS web page (http://www.loyolahs.edu/podium/default.aspx?t=109081): Note that Loyola plays tonight at 7:30 against Simi Valley in the CIF quarter finals.

MaxPreps Player Page (http://www.maxpreps.com/california/basketball/loyola-(los-angeles)/jordan-gathers/stats.aspx?athleteid=3e280dde-75c3-48ec-a358-64f8d9e32c06&ssid=08e31156-1f2d-4c08-b687-afb41d9f9601&urpath=,local,player): I'm suspicious about whether the stats are complete. Coaches are responsible for maintaining them and only a few do. MaxPreps team page (http://www.maxpreps.com/california/basketball/loyola-(los-angeles,-ca)-(los-angeles)/schedule.aspx?schoolid=f2a9167f-bc2b-4e4b-a0c1-26aaed255835&gendersport=boys,basketball&urpath=,local,team\).

ESPN Player Profile (http://insider.espn.go.com/ncb/recruiting/tracker/player?page=evaluation&recruitId=56377): From last September, only gives Jordan a 77 Scout grade.

Roster for Team Chandler, which includes Jordan (http://www.gboahoops.com/west/teams/team-chandler.html). It's undated, so I don't know how current it is.

Looks like he could be a young man on the rise.

CaliforniaZaggin'
02-24-2009, 04:03 PM
Didn't Kelly have an injury-plagued junior year and stay slightly under the radar as well?

ZagNative
02-24-2009, 04:32 PM
Didn't Kelly have an injury-plagued junior year and stay slightly under the radar as well?Kelly broke his arm in November '07 playing football.

JAGzag
02-24-2009, 04:45 PM
Same high school that I went to as well :)... but then i transferred

If he goes to Loyola, he must suck ... sorry, flashback to my high school days, I went to St Francis.

LAZAGFAN11
02-24-2009, 10:59 PM
JagZag - that's funny. I'm a Chaminade grad and we hated Loyola too.

I don't post very often here, but I do watch a little bit of high school basketball down here in Los Angeles. I have watched Loyola this year and have actually watched quite a few of the teams in the Mission league. I believe it is a very underrated league within Los Angeles as some of the bigger schools (Mater Dei, Fairfax, ect.) take most of the media cake. Many of you may remember the Collins twins that went to Harvard-Westlake, or Renardo Woolridge who is at Tennessee right now, or Jordan Wilkes at Cal. It is a competitive league and very tough academically.

Jordan Gathers is a phenomenal athlete and the best player that Loyola has. He can do it all: shoot threes, slash, pull-up, finish. The kid can just put the ball up. I'd say his go to offensive move is the slash and pull up jump shot. He is fast and can get up in your grill defensively. Of course, he is still junior and probably could use some good coaching with his decision making. Anyways, thats my 2 cents for what it is worth!

BobZag
02-25-2009, 08:54 AM
Is Jordan a PG, a SG or can/does he play both, ie, a Combo Guard? How are his handles?

zagsfanforlife
02-25-2009, 01:42 PM
If he goes to Loyola, he must suck ... sorry, flashback to my high school days, I went to St Francis.



No Worries, I didn't like Loyola either. Thats why I transferred. I played ball under Jimmy Williamson though. WCC fans would recognize that name :)

ZagLawGrad
02-25-2009, 05:02 PM
Hope he keeps the Fuskies off his list.

LAZAGFAN11
02-26-2009, 08:37 AM
Bob - I see him more of a shooting guard, with the ability to bring the ball up if needed. His handles are decent. They are good enough to be great at the high school level, but will have to improve at the D1 college level. Then again, he is only a junior right now. His team has advanced to the CIF Southern Section semifinals and plays again Friday night. Here's a youtube video of his team this year:

Loyola is in white and Gathers is #23.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1JvCZrKVSXg

ZagNative
02-26-2009, 08:49 AM
FWIW, a blurb on the Loyola HS website refers to him as a point guard.

BobZag
02-26-2009, 08:50 AM
Bob - I see him more of a shooting guard, with the ability to bring the ball up if needed. His handles are decent. They are good enough to be great at the high school level, but will have to improve at the D1 college level. Then again, he is only a junior right now. His team has advanced to the CIF Southern Section semifinals and plays again Friday night. Here's a youtube video of his team this year:

Loyola is in white and Gathers is #23.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1JvCZrKVSXg

Will youi be driving over to watch? If so, your report would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

LAZAGFAN11
02-27-2009, 11:04 AM
Sorry Bob, I'll be watching my younger brother play in another semifinal match up tonight. He plays with one of Don Monson's recruits at Long Beach State. Jules Montgomery: a 6'10" 185lbs. sf much in the mold of an Austin Daye.