September 21, 2006
Rick Isaacs' "H-squad" summer program out of Los Angeles has turned out some pretty good players over the years and one of his players, Marcus Dove, has become one of the Big Twelve Conference's premier defenders with Oklahoma State.
Isaacs may have another one of his top players heading to Stillwater to play for Cowboys, if his prediction today holds out. Earlier today on the Greg Swaim Show, Isaacs said that 6-8, 225-pound junior Troy Gillenwater of Simi Valley (CA) Stoneridge Prep is "80% OSU at this point." That would break the hearts of programs like Kansas, Texas, Connecticut, USC, Washington and California, who also covet the versatile athlete.
Gillenwater, who is rated as the No. 56 player in the Rivals150 class of 2008, is a guy who could very well rate much higher this time next year.
"He's an unselfish player and wants his teammates to play the same way," Isaacs said. "That's really why he didn't play as well at the adidas Camp."
He sure was a star the rest of the summer though, which really saw his stock rise. He is also taken over where he left off by playing well in the early fall events.
"He was the best player on the court this past weekend at Dino's (Trigonas) event out here," Isaacs said. "His team won the championship and in that game he played head to head against (6'10 Kansas commit Cole) Aldrich and kicked his butt".
His recruitment will not be too complicated, as according to Isaacs.
"Troy will only go to a place that has a chance at winning a national championship and where he can play the three." Isaacs said. "Troy wants to play the three in the NBA and so he wants to go to a place where he can play on the perimeter."
Originally from Boston, Gillenwater moved to the Los Angeles area three years ago, so geography may not be a big factor in his recruitment.
"I don't think it will play a part at all," Isaacs said. "He could go Midwest or to either coast, as long as they win and play him at the three."
Asked to describe his game, Isaacs commented, "He's unselfish and plays like Carmello Anthony. He's long armed and while he's looking pretty good now, he could stand to get down to around 6% fat."
Listen to the Greg Swaim Show each weekday from 1-3 pm on the TriplePlay Sports Network on 1020AM, 1580AM and 105,1FM, as well as online at www.GregSwaim.com.
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