English Commits to Lions
Men's basketball signs Luterhan High School's Bruce English to NLI.
Nov. 10, 2010
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Lutheran High School standout Bruce English has signed a National Letter of Intent to play men's basketball and attend Loyola Marymount in the fall of 2011, announced LMU Head Coach Max Good on Wednesday, Nov. 10.
English, a 6-1 guard, averaged 12.4 points, 2.7 assists, 3.3 rebounds and 1.5 steals for Lutheran, located in La Verne, Calif. As a junior in 2009-10, he helped the squad to a 28-8 overall record and the 2010 CIF State Division V Championship.
"Bruce is one of the most athletic players in the west and he never stops working," said Good. "He is very explosive and despite being 6-1, he can finish against most post players. He uses his strength well and we really love the fact that he is fearless and his motor never stops. With those traits, he will fit well into what we are trying to do."
English helped lead Lutheran, who is coached by Eric Cooper, to the CIF-Southern Section Division 5AA championship, hitting a 15-footer at the buzzer to lift his second-seeded Trojans to a 62-51 win over Los Angeles Windward.
In the state championships, English scored 15 points with six rebounds in the Trojans 52-50 win in a rematch over Windward, this time in the state semifinals.
Then, with the Trojans trailing 25-16 in the state title game, English scored eight of the team's next 15, including a three-point play in the fourth quarter and a steal that led to a bucket on their way to win the state title with a 35-32 victory over Ross Branson. English led the team with 10 points had a pair of steals in the win.
"He comes from a very successful program and brings that winning-mentality to every game," said Good.
The Lions begin the 2010-11 season on Friday when they play Morgan State at Gersten Pavilion. Tip-off is 7 p.m., and the game can be seen on LMULions.com and heard on KXLU 88.9 FM.