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Basketball: Bears get 2012 commitment

Coach Mike Montgomery got his first verbal commitment for the class of 2012 from Kaileb Rodriguez, a 6-foot-9, 200-pound junior forward at ThunderRidge High in Highlands Ranch, Colo.

Rodriguez averaged 10 points, five rebounds and four blocked shots as a junior this season.

“It’s really exciting,” said ThunderRidge coach Joe Ortiz told the Denver Post. “Obviously, we’ve known for a long time that he has some special talents. He works hard at his game.”

Jeff Faraudo