Media coverage of the eligibility controversy centering on senior guard Bryan Delancy
at Dr. Krop (Miami, Fla.)
has been juicy as far as high school sports storylines go.
But Lightning head coach Marcos "Shakey" Rodriguez has managed to avoid being quoted for the most part and kept a low profile throughout the month-long firestorm that resulted in 19 forfeited victories and a postseason ban.
Rodriguez broke his silence Sunday in the Miami Herald
. Linda Robertson details his successful coaching career that has come with controversy at every stop along the way.More news and notes...
* Gary Bell
of Kentridge (Kent, Wash.)
, a Gonzaga signee, didn't always get a chance to shine on the summer circuit with Seattle Rotary Style. That may have hurt his stock in the eyes of national media and scouts, but few players in the 2011 class have been more productive with their high school teams. The 6-foot-1 combo guard is averaging 28.6 points per game this season, including a season-high 47 points to go along with 10 rebounds and three assists Saturday in a playoff win over Bellarmine Prep (Tacoma)
. It was Bell's third 40-point performance since Jan. 18. The future Zag will battle Tony Wroten Jr.
of Garfield (Seattle)
for state player of the year honors.
* Watch out for Lone Peak (Highland, Utah)
. The Knights have won 85 games and two state titles over the past four seasons, but even bigger things could be ahead. Six-foot-one sophomore guard Nick Emery
(21.2 points per game) and 6-2 freshman T.J. Haws
(13.8 points per game) are the leading scorers for a 19-1 team, which just beat American Fork
to solidify its standing as Utah's top team