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Two schools stand out for Bird

Posted on: April 9, 2011 9:03 am
Edited on: April 24, 2011 2:43 pm

Posted by Jeff Borzello

HAMPTON, Va. – Facing top-25 recruit Archie Goodwin on the opening night of the Boo Williams Elite Youth Basketball League event, Oakland Soldiers swingman Jabari Bird wasn’t backing down.

“It was real fun, I like playing against good competition,” Bird said. “It was normal basketball for me though.”

Bird was one of the most impressive players on Friday, scoring in a variety of ways on the offensive end and making life difficult for Goodwin defensively.

Bird was effective with his floater, using it in transition and along the baseline in a half-court setting. The 6-foot-4 2013 prospect runs the floor well and catches and finishes well in traffic. He scored with contact and also knocked down mid-range jumpers and fadeaways.

The Salesian (Calif.) product was ruled ineligible in late January because of pre-enrollment contact with another player, but that didn’t slow his recruitment.

Bird’s school list currently consists of Arizona, California, Washington, Florida International, Oregon and Washington State.

Two Pac-12 schools – Arizona and Washington – are standing out.

“Their system is the main thing,” Bird said.

Bird has taken an unofficial visit to California, but it is still early in the process.

“I want to visit all the schools on my list,” he said.


Since: Dec 2, 2007
Posted on: April 11, 2011 10:07 pm

Two schools stand out for Bird

The Pac 12 considers the tourney champ to be the true champion, sorry for that.  Wasn't my idea.  But dem da rules.

That's why the Wildcats are called the "regular season champ"...  You got the #1 seed in the Pac 10 tourney.  But WASHINGTON won the the Pac 10-- seriously, go read it yourself on the offical Pac 12 website.  Look under Men's Basketball Champions.

That's ALSO why you got an at-large bid to the Tourney-- because you WEREN'T the Pac 10 Champs, that title belongs to UW, in the official books.  WAH all you like, but again-- dems da rules.  I don't necessarily even LIKE those rules, but that's how they call it.

Arizona may be an "elite" program, but you aren't above the rules.  Sorry.  Not until someone like Calhoun or Calipari takes over for you guys.

And still, talk all you want, we beat you two out of three, and our home margin was WAY bigger than your 1 pt win in Tuscon.  Explain to me the better team again... Here, I'll help... Start off with "You guys beat us two out of three this year, and won the Pac 10 title, but we're better than you because...______________"

And slipping to the middle of the pack?  Ha!  We have two of the best recruits in the conference, in Tony Wroten Jr and Jernard Jarneau, coming in, plus we get Abdul Gaddy back...  While Arizona is losing arguably the best player you've had in a long time.  More blind faith Arizona spinning of the truth...

And NEVER EVER will I recognize that Arizona fans are just like "us".  We don't dog on your team, or say you don't deserve any respect, or disrespect your coach, or claim to be the best team in the conference above all others ("Us and UCLA"- the Arizona mantra)...  Because we don't need to.

But you do. 

Saying it again-- I have great respect for the Arizona basketball team, and its rich history, but not so  much for the rude fans.

Since: Apr 9, 2007
Posted on: April 11, 2011 9:47 pm

Two schools stand out for Bird

UW beat Arizona 2 out of three games that would make UW the better team and as for the tourney, It must have been nice to play closer to home (like Arizona did) instead of playing a tourney game in UNC's backyard I doubt U of A would have fared any better.  It was the luck of the draw.  Again UW 2 wins Arizpna 1 game set match.  UW was better than U of Arizona this year and we proved it

Since: Mar 20, 2009
Posted on: April 11, 2011 8:19 pm

Two schools stand out for Bird

Always worry about a kid already in trouble and his main concern is the system on the team.What about classes?Is he good enough for 1 and done? 

Since: Jul 24, 2007
Posted on: April 11, 2011 5:37 pm

Two schools stand out for Bird

GoodOleUW- Are you crazy or just talking out of your butt? The PAC10 Champions this year were the Arizona Wildcats. Yes, UW won the tourney, but they didn't win the regular season conference title. Next year they will slip back into the bottom half of the conference without MBA and Thomas. <br /> As for Goaltending, if YOU knew what it was, you wouldn't still be crying, would you. You would have moved on like so many others have. As for stating something was in "print," is just a crock that Washington fans want to cling to. <br /> You complain about Zona fans, but we're no different than yourself. We want our team to be the best, and this year we were. I'm sure you missed the part of the tourney where we were playing and the Dawgs had already gone home. Call it anything you want, but Sweet 16 and Elite 8 are much different.  <br /> <br />

Since: Aug 25, 2008
Posted on: April 11, 2011 2:35 pm

Two schools stand out for Bird

arizona fans delusiuonal? Nothing is more delusional than UW fans. Beat you on the court? They have for years. try winning anything in the post  season u clown. UW is irrelevant nationally. that's not opinion - it's fact!

Since: Nov 23, 2006
Posted on: April 11, 2011 2:51 am

Two schools stand out for Bird

"Goaltending"...good one! That ball was legitimately rejected into the 10th row.

Anyway, congrats to your Huskies on making the round of 32. LOL!

Since: Dec 2, 2007
Posted on: April 11, 2011 2:12 am

Two schools stand out for Bird

StevePhoenix talks big... But hey, why don't you go look at the Pac 10 website...  Look up Pac 10 Men's Basketball Champion...

2009- Washington
2010- Washington

Took 2 out of 3 against you guys this year-- 3 out of 3 if you know what goaltending is (I know you guys HATE that topic, but even your own Pac 10 Player of the Year admitted, in print, that his block was probably goal tending if it wasn't a home game.

And your lordly Sean Miller hasn't figured out how to beat the Huskies yet (the ref's have, but not Miller-- see "goaltending" reference).  And he's a better coach?  Really?  They must not teach math at UofA, 'cause anyone with half a brain can add up that Romar takes lesser recruits farther than Arizona does with it's "National Power" talent (until this year's NCAA tourney-- where we almost beat North Carolina, and would have been right there with ya).

Talk is cheap, son.  Beat us on the court, then spout off your superiority.

Seriously, Arizona fans are hliarious.  I like your team, but the fans are worse than Michigan football fans, constantly trying to convince themselves they're still elite.

Personally, I'd tell Jabari Bird to go where his heart tells him to go.

Seems like a good kid.

Since: Mar 4, 2009
Posted on: April 10, 2011 6:03 pm

Two schools stand out for Bird

I saw Bird play at St Marys for the North Coast section championships. He is so fluid, amazing player I really hopw he goes to washington.

Since: Dec 27, 2006
Posted on: April 10, 2011 2:39 pm

Two schools stand out for Bird

Yes, Larry named his son Jabari Smile

Since: Feb 14, 2007
Posted on: April 10, 2011 1:53 pm

Two schools stand out for Bird

jabari bird i have one word for you  NIKE  UofO

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