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09-09-2009, 09:51 AM
lasvegassun.com (http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2009/sep/09/nephews-two-basketball-greats-follow-famous-footst/) has an interesting story up today.

Nephews of hoops greats follow in famous footsteps at Findlay
By Rob Miech
Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2009 | 2:05 a.m.

The two nephews of the late basketball stars at times feel the weight of the last names on the back of their jerseys.

However, Marko Petrovic and Nick Johnson, two of the newest Findlay College Prep players, counter those emotions with immense pride in their surnames.

“I’m very proud of that name,” said Petrovic, nephew of the late Drazen Petrovic. “That name left some footsteps in basketball, in Europe and in America. I want to continue that.”

Johnson bears a freckle-faced resemblance to his late uncle Dennis Johnson.I like this photo of Nick that appeared in a Rivals story back in April (http://www.basketball-bund.de/basketball-bund/en/nationalmannschaften/a_nationalmannschaft_herren/19188.html):


From the Sun story:
Dennis Johnson was 52 when he was struck by a fatal heart attack after running a basketball practice at the Austin Convention Center, in Texas, in February 2007.

The 6-4 guard was a five-time All-Star and won three NBA championships, two with Boston and one in Seattle, when he was named the MVP of the NBA Finals in 1979.
A 6-3, 175-pound junior, Nick Johnson, who left Highland High in Gilbert to play for Findlay, is ranked as one of the top 12 shooting guards in the country in his class by the recruiting service Rivals.com.

Arizona, Gonzaga, Ohio State and Virginia Tech are among the seven programs that have offered Johnson a scholarship. UNLV, according to Rivals, is among 15 schools interested in him.

Peck sees a lot of Avery Bradley, last season’s calm and cool star who was a rudder of the Pilots’ run to a 33-0 record and national championship, in Johnson.

“Nick is poised and he’ll get after it on the court,” Peck said. “He looks a little like Dennis Johnson, but he’s a million times more athletic. He probably jumps a good 40 inches higher than Dennis ever could.”I'm liking the fact that Gonzaga is consistently toward the front of the list of schools mentioned in connection with Nick in recent months. Back in April, that Rivals story made it sound like it was all about Arizona and Arizona State. The Rivals story noted that Arizona State had been recruiting Nick since he was in the 8th grade, and Nick said at that time he would like to stay in Arizona so his family could see him play.

09-09-2009, 12:19 PM
Nick and Gary would be the ultimate backcourt, with Wiltjer as a SF/PF. That would be a dream class for 2011.

09-09-2009, 05:04 PM
Looks like we could have a bunch of interesting '11 Guards to toss up in the air and see who really wants to come to GU. Bell seems to always pop to the head of the list, but sounds like Pangos wouldn't be much of a disapointment to replace him, and for 2 guards, Dranginis pops up in BZ's list now, if Nick didn't pan out. I know we had some others on the list that have dropped off the radar, but the possibilities for '11 look very bright indeed! I am not worried about guard play for the bulldogs for a long time! 3's and 4's look perenially solid for us right now too, if we can get Wiltjer. Lets get a big center on the radar to replace Robert in a couple!

09-09-2009, 05:32 PM
Anrio Adams in 2012 would be a huge get at guard as well. I am hoping Jason Kerr comes through for GU.

But yes, I really like Dranginis if Johnson chooses elsewhere. Win-win situation imo.

2012 offers a beastly PF/C in Darien Nelson-Henry, and the staff is all over him.

Good stuff.

09-09-2009, 06:12 PM
Just for fun ...


09-09-2009, 06:32 PM
Just for fun ...


Tebbutt is a Wing, but it looks dreamy good to me. :) Final Four, here we come.

Somehow or other the staff will need to figure out a way to avoid having such a huge 2013 class. Maybe a redshirt or two this season? Good thing there's plenty of time to ponder the situation.

09-09-2009, 07:05 PM
Yup. I don't quite know where I got it in my head that Tebbutt was a PF. ESPN has him down as a SF and both Rivals and Scout list him as a SG. ESPN has him listed at 6'5" 190#, giving him a Scout, Inc. grade of 94 and this eval as of July:

Evaluation (http://insider.espn.go.com/ncb/recruiting/tracker/player?recruitId=100387&season=2012)

July, 2009: Tebbutt is one of the physically most gifted players in the west, regardless of class. He has a mature frame with very good length and better-than-average-athleticism. He plays the game at a relentless pace and gives an honest effort each time out at both ends. At this stage he resembles that of a high-major 2/3, but this could change (position projection) in the future depending on how his body develops. On the other hand, he has a pure stroke out to the stripe and he gets great lift on his shot. He is equally effective getting his shot off in a pull-up situation and/or a catch-and-shoot offensive set. He has a solid perimeter handle and can get to the rim as well. Due to his physical nature at such a young age it will be interesting to see how his body and skills develop in the coming seasons.