www.youtube.com/watch Part 1-Intro
www.youtube.com/watch Part 2-Start of Games
www.youtube.com/watch Part 3-O.J. Mayo, Greg Oden, Taylor King
www.youtube.com/watch Part 4-O.J. Mayo vs Lance Stephenson
www.youtube.com/watch Part 5-Greg Oden vs Derrick Caracter, Kevin Love
www.youtube.com/watch Part 6-Jr. All Star Game
www.youtube.com/watch Part 7-Sr. All Star Game
saw these on utube not that long ago...
Why were they letting that 40 year old man play in a high school camp? I'm sorry, I had just forgotten that Greg Oden looked like he does now when he was like 16. Good links though.
He did man, I know Derrick Caracter did pretty well against him, but he looked like a superstar in the making. Their is a reason he was the hands down #1 prospect in HS and college. The dude was big, strong and he could move. Amazing athlete for his size. Kevin has trimmed down so much from HS, I am proud of him. He was a man among boys in HS, such an amazing player. You think he puts up numbers now, he was putting up mega numbers in HS. Oregon's all-time leading HS scorer, passed Pudgy Hunt who had the record for 50 years. I got to see him play in the state tournament every year he was in HS.
First year: You could tell he was amazing, but they played Jesuit, who had three Tarver bros (my friends cousins, Zach, Josh and Seth. Josh and Seth played for OSU.). They pressed and LO had a freshman PG, who was really more of an SG, which he only really got to play in his junior year. Kevin only had 4 points, but you could tell he was amazing. The buzz around him was huge before he even hit HS, and I am pretty sure he was averaging around 20 and 10 as a freshman. LO lost to Jesuit in the Elite 8 of the tourney, and South Salem, led by 5'6 Jeremiah Dominguez, won the state tournament over a team featuring 6'9 future Oregon star Maarty Leunen. Dominguez started at PSU and I think he transferred to Portland, or vice versa.
Second year: Beasted through the tournament to face Jesuit, this time in the finals. They were up after the first quarter something like 13-2, they looked like they had the game well in hand. However, LO still had no PG, and it took Jesuit until the second half to press like they had the year before. They still had Josh and Seth Tarver, and I know Josh won tourney MVP. He was great. Kevin had a great game, definitely a double double and he did all that he could. Jesuit won and finally got the lead with about 40 secs left after LO had been up the entire game. Great game, heartbreaking loss for Kevin.
Third year: His junior year, Kevin was at the point of being completely and utterly dominant. They played Jesuit and Seth Tarver, who was the tallest, most athletic and highest rated in HS of the brothers, went up for a dunk on Kevin who just swatted him. Killed it! That year, LO FINALLY had a PG, his name was Vince Thomas and he was really quick and pressure would not get to him. They also had another transfer who gave Kevin a little help down low. They played South Medford in the finals that year. It was huge, because Kevin and Kyle Singler were two of the highest rated juniors in the entire nation. Medford also had a PG named Michael Harthun, who I thought was going to be a star. He ended up going to WSU, but I really do not know what happened to him. Medford's whole team other than Mike looked like Kyle though. Their were at least 3 Singler's on the team (Kyle, his younger bro EJ who plays/starts for the DUCKS! and his cousin Mitch, who was better known as a football player), but they had so many tall blonde dudes, it was crazy. Kyle was the tallest, but honestly, they had other guys who were 6'7-6'8, they were a taller team. Nonetheless, this was Kevin Love's year. Vince played great, Kevin killed it and LO won the state championship. I looked it up and he had 24 and 9 in the state championship, Kyle had a good game to though. Great game, it was 59-57. Kevin's averages for the year were 28, 16 and 3.5 assists.
Senior Year: No one was stopping him, he averaged 33.9, 17 and 4. He had Nick Lomax, who was a 6'7 F next to him (He is the son of former NFL star QB Neil Lomax, and he ended up going to Boise State as a QB), but Vince Thomas had left, and he again had issues at the point. I am pretty sure that he had something like 37 and 24 in the game to get to the championship. The thing with Kevin also, is that he was a magnificent passer. See the passes he was making up court in the ASG? He was doing that in HS too. He was like a quarterback. So, he again faced Kyle in the state tournament, with all of those other tall blondes and Michael Harthun. Mike had an injured shooting hand, but he played magnificently. He was 5-5 from three, had 24 on the game and he just had a different level of speed than anyone else on the court. He could really ball, he was a top 100 rated HS player, so it wasn't like he was some nobody. Harthun played two years at Washington State, and he is sitting out a transfer year at PSU. Should honestly be an interesting player to watch next year, maybe he still has it and never caught on with WSU. Well, Mike won tournament MVP, and Medford won 58-54. Kyle finished with 18, but Kevin was generally unstoppable and finished with 37 and 15. Still, shows that basketball is a team sport, and one player can only take you so far. Kevin still won Gatorade National Player of the Year in 2007 and made the HS tourney finals three years. Great HS career, very proud of how well he has done in the NBA. Loved seeing him outlet in the ASG yesterday.
Out of all the footage I posted I was more impressed with the Lance vs O.J. matchup. I loved how both of them were going at each other, Lance tryna make a name & O.J. letting him know why he was #1. The best part about the matchup was when O.J. realized the crowd was feeding off of Stephenson, because O.J. did not know why they were so amped, he did not know about Lance at the time. O.J. got pissed then went on King Kong mode, I love how he got the ball in transition told the dude who was checking him to haul ass & call Lance over only to see why his J was on NEMO. I know that was a classic moment there if you seen it in person.