April 13, 2007

Introducing Brendan Lane

Looking for another extremely talented, but underrated prep basketball prospect from the Sacramento region? How about a big man too? Look no further than Rocklin (Calif.) high school standout Brendan Lane, a 6-foot-9, 200-pound prospect in the 2009 class that should turn a number of heads this summer while playing for EBO.

After his first full season on varsity for the Thunder, Lane was an instant success. He averaged nearly 15 points and 7 rebounds per game, helping Rocklin go 26-4 and a spot in the San Joaquin Section (SJS) semifinals. Despite entering the SJS playoffs at 24-3, which included 23 double-digit point wins and 3 losses by a combined 5 points, Rocklin was somehow given the 5-seed in the 16-team SJS Div. II bracket. The result of the seeding was a semifinal match-up with nationally ranked Jesuit, the No. 1 seed in the region, and the winner of the prestigious Torrey Pines Invitational, at Arco Arena. The Marauders escaped with a 66-60 win over the Thunder, which ended Lane's season.

Hopefully, the SJS section will get it right next year. Rocklin and Jesuit were two of the top four Div. II teams in Northern California.

Even before Lane played at the varsity level, college recruiters had heard about the Rocklin youngster. His height drew them in, but his athleticism and shooting stroke had them marking him down as a player to recruit. Lane is a fabulous shooter, with range extending to the three-point line.

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