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Inland Empire: Rounds rounding into top form

January, 25, 2011
PERRIS -- Welcome back.

Seemingly everyone at Citrus Hill High, even those closely associated with the boys' basketball program, is unaware of the fact that Anthony Rounds was born in the Southland. In Riverside, to be exact. Moreover, he grew up in Moreno Valley until he was 11-years old.

A family decision to move to Oklahoma, and Georgia thereafter, followed. That said, Rounds was a relative unknown commodity upon his recent return to the Inland Empire.

And when the Cubs' coach, Tim Hatch, learned that he was going to have the 6-foot-6 junior in the fold this season, all signs pointed to the head honcho hoping to have Rounds simply come in and contribute on some level. Expectations were tempered, at best. Rightfully so.

But surprise, Rounds has made it seem as if he never left this place.

“I've got to be honest with you, we didn't know much about him when he stepped foot on campus here, other than the obvious, his size. He's been a pleasant addition,'' Hatch said of Rounds, who leads Citrus Hill with averages of 18.5 points and 9.8 rebounds per game thus far.

Heading into Wednesday's showdown for sole possession of first place in the Mountain Pass League against host San Jacinto (10-11, 4-0), Rounds has finished with a double-double in 12 of 20 games for the Cubs (11-9, 4-0).

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