Who's Got Next Greater LA

Updated: October 11, 2008, 2:13 PM ET
ESPNRISE.com

Who's got next? Each month, ESPN RISE finds out. Here is an athlete we recognized in October:

Michael Avery
Crespi -- Boys' Basketball
Avery made national headlines when he committed to Kentucky last spring as an eighth-grader. Wildcats coach Billy Gillispie was criticized for recruiting a middle schooler (as others, like USC's Tim Floyd, have done recently) and the National Association of Basketball Coaches urged its members not to recruit players who hadn't finished their sophomore years. But the 6-foot-4 Avery, who as a 15-year-old freshman is a year older than most in his class, can play. A shooting guard, Avery could start and have an immediate impact with his smooth game.