I talked this afternoon with Anthony Bolton, an assistant coach at Mission Hills HS in San Marcos, who has coached Cal commit Kameron Rooks in AAU ball since the 7-footer was in the seventh grade.
Bolton said rival coaches are missing the boat on how good Rooks could become.
“His ceiling is high,” Bolton said. “His best basketball is by far in the years to come.”
Bolton, who runs the Gamepoint Basketball AAU program in San Diego North County, said Rooks’ bloodlines (his father Sean played at U of Arizona and 11 years in the NBA) are just the starting point.
Rooks has good hands and feet and can shoot with either hand, Bolton said.
“I really think they’re getting a special player,” Bolton said. “It’s a no-brainer to me that coaches should have been all over him.”
Rooks reportedly picked the Bears over Arizona, Arizona State, Washington and Connecticut. But he rated modestly as a three-star prospect.
As a senior, Rooks is averaging about 21 points, 12 rebounds and three blocked shots, Bolton said. His team is 12-1.
“He’s having a great, great year right now,” Bolton said.
In addition to his basketball skill set, Bolton said Rooks clearly was raised well by his parents.
“He’s a great kid, a great student, someone who’s a respectful toung man, who knows how to treat people,” Bolton said. “He’s just naturally a loving kid. He loves his teammates, loves his family. He’s a good one.”