Monday, July 11, 2011
Video: Catching up with Gabe Pruitt
By Pedro Moura
Remember Gabe Pruitt?
The former USC guard and 2nd round pick in the 2007 NBA draft has been overshadowed by good friend and ex-USC teammate Nick Young for much of his basketball career, even though the two were both key pieces in the the Trojans' success for a three-year period in the 2000's.
In fact, through their first two seasons in college, 2004-2005 and 2005-2006, Pruitt had outscored Young. But, in their third and final years in college, when USC made it to the Sweet 16, Young broke out of his shell some and led the Trojans in scoring.
Pruitt and Young proceeded to leave school a year early and declare for the draft, Young going 16th overall to the Washington Wizards and Pruitt going 32nd to the Boston Celtics.
A Westchester High alum, Pruitt stuck around the NBA for parts of two seasons before latching on to a NBA Development League and then trekking overseas to Ironi Ashkelon in Israel, where he played with, among others, former USC swingman Desmon Farmer and former Cornell forward Jon Jaques.
Pruitt made a quick appearance at the Drew League over the weekend in South L.A., joining a team led by Young and Wizards' teammate JaVale McGee for the second half. He played mostly point guard and distributed the ball well.
Here's a one-on-one video conversation with the 25-year-old Pruitt: