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LB PT's Best Issue: Tons Of Quality
Hoop News Today--(Mar. 6, 2001)

In our effort to report as much news as possible, we get just about every newspaper in Southern California, and we don't mean just the internet versions either. . we're talking print.  And today's print version of the Long Beach Press Telegram is one of those editions that's just got so much good stuff in it, that we have to tell everyone we know to go out and buy a copy.  Some of the good stuff is online at the Press-Telegram's online site, but for the most part the best stuff is in the print version only.  We don't like to sound like a shill for anyone or anything, but this edition is worth buying, so pop for the quarter and you won't regret it.  A sampling of the news today:

Page 1:  Huge article on the Big West Conference Tournament, Jackie Moore being selected Player of the Year for the women's All-League team, Ramel "Rock" Lloyd and former UCLA Bruin and current LBSU 49'er teammate Travis Reed also being selected to the All-Big West Conference first team.

Also on Page 1:   Very nice profile of Keilon Fortune written by the PT's new prep writer Ted Kian, who has done a great job of acclimating himself to the challenges of getting familiar quickly with more basketball in SoCal, especially the LB area, than you can shake a stick at.  The story on Keilon profiles his success on and off the court this year at Kilpatrick, and how he has helped lead the Mustangs to the Southern Section D-VAA title game (which they lost to CC Downey) and to the State Tournament, where Kilpatrick will meet Santa Fe Christian tonight in San Diego in a first round game.

Page 3:  Some very nice profiles of the Boys' and Girls' teams playing in tonight's first round State Southern Regional games (mostly just the local teams though, although there is some nice info on some of the out of area opponents). . . all D-II, III, IV and V.

Page 3: A nice story about Long Beach Poly's Marcedes Lewis giving a verbal commitment to the Bruin's football program.  Most people who read SoCalHoops know that Marcedes is a big-time basketball player and one of the key players for the Jackrabbits' hoop program.  But what a lot of basketball-only people don't know is that Marcedes is an even bigger star in football. We had heard about this commitment earlier this weekend at the Rockfish Spring League, where Marcedes played Sunday with Belmont Shore, but the PT confirms it today.   Steve Irvine also notes in the story that Marcedes is ranked as the No. 1 junior tight end in the country by Fox StudentSports, and that his selection process also including taking a close look at the basketball program.  Of course there's no confirmation or even any indication that Marcedes will also play basketball for the Bruins, but as a football signee, he'll be able to also play basketball immediately, whereas if he had signed in hoops, he would have to wait two years.

Some other interesting Bruin news, this contained on Page 5:   The Long Beach PT also reports, in a story by Billy Witz (which is also carried in the PT's sister-publications such as the Daily News, Pasadena Star News, etc), that neither Cedric Bozeman nor Michael Fey, two key fall-signees for the Bruin's basketball program have achieved passing scores on their SAT-ACT's.  According to the story, Bozeman took the test once, but only achieved an 810, which is 10 points below the minimum 820 required.  Fey took the ACT and scored a 16, which is one point short of the required 17.  Both plan to take the tests again and both are "optimistic" they can achieve passing scores.  As Witz also notes, ". . .it would be devasting to the Bruins if they don't."  

More Bruin News:   Michael Holton has apparently expressed interest in the open Portland job.  According to the Witz' story, Portland AD Joe Etzel said that 25 to 30 others have also expressed interest in the job, and we're pretty certain that USC assistant Silvey Dominguez will also apply for the position.

In any event, if you're anywhere near Long Beach, get a copy of today's edition of the Long Beach Press Telegram.  If not, well, you'll have to settle for their internet version. . . good, but not quite the same.

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