Monday, December 1, 2008

Jarrid's Famous (and you're not)

If you ask Dave Vandiver, the assistant coach at Westchester Community College (Valhalla, N.Y.), Jarrid Famous is in pretty good spirits these days.

He’s handled the pressure and answered to the lofty expectations that both head coach Winston Nicholas and Vandiver have placed on their standout 6-foot-11 center.

Famous, a product of New Rochelle’s Blessed Sacrament, once the laughing-stock of Westchester County basketball (a few years prior to Famous’ arrival) is averaging 24 points and 9.6 boards as the alpha dog of the Westcos offense.

During a recent 79-75 win over Moberly Area Community College, the Bronx native scored 29 points and pulled down 12 rebounds. He shot a sublime 11-for-20 from the field and connected on 7-of-9 free throws, helping the 3-2 Westcos gut out a pivotal victory.

“So far he’s been able to rise to the occasion,” said Vandiver, the former Woodlands High (Greenburgh, N.Y.) coach who mentored Famous during an ultra-productive summer.

“After seeing how much his stock has risen and how much Division-I interest he’s received, he’s still focused on having a great season. He’s not getting caught up in the recruiting process.”

Bobby Gonzalez, one of the top recruiters on the eastern seaboard who gets New York area players to sign with him like Jessica Alba gets dudes to stare at her, appears to be the front-runner.

“They are going really hard,” said Vandiver of Seton Hall. Famous has visited the school and witnessed the Hall’s 71-50 clubbing of Columbia back on Nov.16. The Hall also made a good recruiting pitch to the behemoth center by topping then no.20 USC in a 63-61 upset.

“He liked what he saw (when he was up there) but he said he was going to wait until April to make a decision,” said Vandiver.

You can’t blame him.

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