By Jeff Borzello
BRONX, N.Y. – Although most of the teams at this past weekend’s Rumble in the Bronx were from the New York metropolitan area, it was hard not to notice Los Angeles native Skylar Spencer.
Playing for Brandon Jennings-affiliated Team Jennings, Spencer looked the part of a high-major recruit. The 6-foot-8 power forward has a long, built frame that makes him a matchup problem inside. He knows how to get position on the block, and can play with his back to the basket. While he needs to refine his post moves, he is effective around the rim. Defensively and on the glass, Spencer is outstanding due to his athleticism. He also runs the floor well for someone his size.
The Price (Calif.) product is looking to expand his game and become even more of a mismatch.
“I’m working on my outside game,” Spencer said. “I’m trying to be more versatile, I want to work on my ball-handling.”
Spencer is one of the top post players on the West coast in the class of 2012, and he is making his way through the recruiting process.
Right now, he is focused on USC, Washington, Florida State, California and Gonzaga, with two schools sitting in the driver’s seat.
“I like Florida State because of their playing style,” Spencer said. “And Gonzaga, they feed the ball to the post.”
Even though he is trying to become an inside-outside threat, Spencer prefers playing near the basket and is therefore looking for a school that isn’t averse to involving big men in the offense.
“I’m looking to see how I fit into the offense,” he said when asked what he wants in a school. “Also, education and coaching.”
Playing under former Syracuse guard and NBA veteran Jason Hart on the AAU circuit, Spencer will continue to garner attention regardless of the city.
Photo: Max Preps