Youngest Gasol brother set to walk on at UCLA
Adria's path in basketball has been much different than his brothers Pau (left) and Marc (right). (Jayne Kamin Oncea-US PRESSWIRE/Adria Gasol via Twitter/Nelson Chenault-US PRESSWIRE)
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GOING TO PRINCETON
Pau Gasol's versatility gives Lakers anold-school option on offense.
There could be another Gasol hitting the hardwood in Los Angeles during the upcoming season.
Adria Gasol, the 18-year-old younger brother of Pau and Marc, is currently enrolled in summer school classes at UCLA and will be a walk-on for the Bruins in 2012-13, a school official confirmed Friday.
But Gasol will not be traveling with the team to China for its exhibition tour later this month.
Adria's path in basketball has been much different than his brothers.
Pau ditched dreams of a career in medicine after having early success on the hardwood. As an 18-year-old, Pau was starring for FC Barcelona before eventually being drafted third overall in the 2001 NBA Draft by the Atlanta Hawks.
Marc was a second-round draft pick of the Lakers in 2007.
His rights were later traded to Memphis for his brother Pau in 2008.
Adria picked up the game of basketball later than his brothers, reportedly preferring baseball at an early age.
He didn’t have quite the same prep career as Marc at Lausanne Collegiate in Memphis. Marc averaged 26.2 points, 13.1 rebounds, and 5.9 blocks in leading his team to a state championship as senior. (Marc later had his No. 33 retired by the school.)
Adria, on the other hand, played just two years at Lausanne before a return to Spain.
Although he’s 6-10 with sensational bloodlines, he’s not expected to be a major contributor for the Bruins. His growth in the game was slowed by knee injuries sustained while still living in Memphis.
If he does contribute, he’ll be quite the steal for Ben Howland and the Bruins frontcourt.
This offseason, Anthony Stover was dismissed from the team for academic reasons and through two seasons, Joshua Smith hasn’t been able to average more than 21 minutes a game. Travis Wear was forced to play a lot of minutes at center last season. Incoming freshman Tony Parker has been compared to Smith because of his size.
Did Bruce Bowen dress that kid?
Or Robin Lopez, or Marcus Morris, or Chris Smith, or Patrick Ewing Jr, or Cory Higgins...
Old news buddy, SMH
He's got a chance, but first he needs to get that unkept-fuzzy looking neck beard, if he makes an NBA roster in the future, I would so want to see a picture of the three bros together.
Note the walk on status might be a little bit misleading. Since the kid's family is RICH, getting a scholarship is meaningless one way or another. So he probably negotiated with coaches about joining teams and one thing he threw out there was that he wouldn't take one of the team's limited number of scholarships. He is basically a freebie for the coach.
As judging by the press he clearly isn't a walk on like the guy who showes up out of the blue at tryouts.
and Andrea Bargnani sound like great WNBA prospects.
Pau Gasol says brother Adria, a UCLA walk-on, has 'raw' skills
A lanky Spanish forward whose last name goes by Gasol plans to step foot on a basketball court in Los Angeles.
But we're not talking about Pau, who enters this season with the Lakers refreshed without having to worry about trade rumors. Adria Gasol, the 18-year-old brother of Pau and Marc Gasol, will play for UCLA's basketball team as a walk-on freshman.
You'd think the tremendous basketball talents Pau and Marc have displayed over the years would've transferred to his younger brother. Apparently not. Pau said Adria will redshirt this season and said "he has a lot of room to grow."
"His interests weren't into basketball," said Pau Gasol, 32. "He was always forced to go to my games or Marc's games. He was just tired of it. When he was around 15, he started to want to play."
Adria played little as a freshman and sophomore at Lausanne High School in Memphis and then returned to Spain for the past two years. Although he worked out with the Spanish U-18 team last summer, Adria didn't make the roster.
Pau, on the other hand, joined Barcelona's senior team when he turned 18. Marc was overweight whie attending high school in Memphis and didn't fully blossom as a player until becoming an All-Star center with the Grizzlies in the 2010-11 season. Incidentally, the Lakers acquired Pau from Memphis in February 2008 for Kwame Brown, Aaron McKie, Javaris Crittenton, two first-round picks and the rights to Marc, whom the Lakers drafted with a second-round pick in 2007.
As for Adria? Pau said "his desire is to become a basketball player." But he sounded uncertain on whether how Adria would develop after having an apparent knee injury years ago.
"He's working a lot on his body," Pau said. "He's improving on the fundamentals of the game. He wants to be a power forward, but we'll see. I think it's too early. But he picks things up really quickly. He's a smart kid. He's still got some growing to do and he's very raw. So it's hard to tell at this point."
One thing is clear. Even though Pau raised the possibility he'll attend some UCLA games this year, he sounded doubtful he would give Adria much indiividual instruction.
"There's not much time," Pau said. "He doesn't have a car yet. We'll see. Hopefully we can get some time and come down here in the evening and get some stuff done during the season. I want to continue to improve and he's going to have opportiunities to work aside from the team since he might not get into their rotation this year. So he's going to have to do a lot of individual work."
""There's not much time," Pau said. "He doesn't have a car yet. We'll see. "
get your brother a college car you cheapskate