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June 22, 2011

Forest Park's Sharod Hartgrove under the radar

After three years of high school basketball, Sharod Hartgrove has definitely paid his dues.

As a freshman at Walbrook, Hartgrove was the leading scorer on the Warriors’ 2008-09 JV championship team and moved up to the varsity late in the season.

“He didn’t play much,” said former Walbrook coach Greate White, now Forest Park’s head coach. “[But he] came back the following year and started.”

Hartgrove followed White to Forest Park for his junior season, and was the Foresters’ second-leading scorer at 17.5 points per game. Now White hopes that the 6-foot-3, 175-pound combo guard is primed for an even bigger season next winter.

“He brings defensive consistency on any given night,” White said. “He’s a shooter. He shoots the mid-range shot. What he needs to bring to the table a little bit more is getting to the hole a little more efficiently. He’s shooting at 85 percent on free throws and about 40 percent from 3-point range. He’s been one of the better shooters the last two years in the city.”

Hartgrove has mostly played shooting guard, but White hopes to transition him to more of a 1 before his senior season. A game at Poly last season stands out in White’s mind as a good representation of Hartgrove’s skills.

“He made like eight 3s – 8-for-9 from behind the 3-point line,” White recalled. “And he can pass the ball well off the dribble. He did a full-court bounce pass ... on the break that made the whole crowd crazy. An almost [three-quarters]-court bounce pass, [not] too many kids can do that.”

White said Charleston Southern, The Citadel, Florida Gulf Coast and Morgan State have expressed interest in Hartgrove. Interest has been relatively minimal, mostly because Hartgrove hadn’t played AAU until this spring. A torn ACL prevented him from playing last summer, but now Hartgrove is suiting up for the Baltimore Stars’ 17-and-under squad. White suspects college coaches will be pleasantly surprised when they finally get a look at his star player.

“This kid can get it done,” White said. “He can shoot. He’s a great asset to our team. He’s a good kid and he can shoot the ball very well. He’s been a winner for a long time.”

Notes: Rising junior Anton Waters earned Most Outstanding Player honors at a Five-Star Basketball camp at Hampden-Sydney (Va.) College earlier this month. White said Iowa recently expressed interest in the Foresters forward. … Shooting guard Quentin Judd, Forest Park’s leading scorer last season, will do a post-grad year at Mack Academy in Charlotte. DePaul-bound Montray Clemons – a former Poly standout – is the most recent Baltimore player to attend Mack.

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Matt Bracken was a lightly recruited football and tennis prospect out of East Lansing (Mich.) High School in 2001, but spurned all (nonexistent) scholarship offers to attend the University of Michigan. Matt graduated from UM in 2005, earned a master's degree in new media journalism from Northwestern University in 2006, and spent the first 11 months of his career as an online producer / videographer / blogger at the Arizona Daily Star in Tucson. He has worked at The Baltimore Sun since July 2007, where he currently serves as the deputy sports editor for digital.

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