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5 Questions with David Bruce by Craig Haley NJHoops.com Columnist May 17, 2008

Posted Sunday, May 18, 2008 by Craig Haley NJHoops.com Columnist

5 Questions with David Bruce
by Craig Haley NJHoops.com Columnist
May 17, 2008

Linden High power forward David Bruce is taking the path not usually traveled to a college scholarship. He's leaning toward not playing AAU basketball this summer – something many standouts would not consider.

Bruce wants to spend more time working in the weight room and getting stronger. That makes sense considering he carries just 205 pounds on his 6-foot-9 frame.

But, oh, did the long, agile junior show this past season that his game is coming on strong. Bruce, who tries to resemble his favorite player, Boston Celtics big man Kevin Garnett, made the NJ Hoops all-state fifth team and ranks seventh in the Class of 2009 by NJ Hoops. Included in his big season was a monster game in the Prime Time Shootout against New York power St. Raymond's in which he had 34 points and 15 rebounds.

Bruce went one-on-one with NJ Hoops in the "Five Questions With …" series:

What colleges interest you the most?
St. Joe's, Pittsburgh, UConn, Syracuse, Rhode Island – that's my favorites. St. John's is up there, too.

As you know, so many juniors, sophomores, young players are committing (to schools) early. Are you planning to take your decision into your senior year?
No, I might decide in the summer time, so I don't have as much pressure on my senior year.

What have you enjoyed about your recruitment and what is tough about it?
I enjoy the schools coming at me, (including) those that haven't before. I enjoy it.

Can you talk about how your game has developed?
Basically, I'm getting stronger. I helped my team in scoring and rebounding. I had a bigger season.

Is there any part of your game that people overlook?
Facing up to the basket. That's what I like to do, face up to the basketball. I have a 15-foot jump shot.

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