Commentary

Fitzgerald prepares for college life

Updated: April 12, 2009, 12:49 PM ET
By James Quinn | ESPNRISE.com

BALTIMORE -- Andrew Fitzgerald may have attended Brewster Academy (N.H.) last season, but the 6-foot-9, 250-pound senior is a resident of Owings Mill (Md.) and helped the Baltimore All-Stars defeat the United States 112-86 in the Charm City Challenge.

Fitzgerald, an Oklahoma commit, scored 12 points and pulled down eight rebounds for the Baltimore All-Stars. As a senior at Brewster Academy, Fitzgerald averaged 22 points, nine rebounds, three assists and two blocked shots per game.

"I think I had a pretty great year," Fitzgerald said. "I got MVP at the National Prep School Tournament. I had a good year in basketball and I also did well with my schoolwork. It was good for me in terms of getting ready for college because I was away from home and kind of like college. It was a great experience and it got me ready for college in terms of basketball and academics and living away from home at school."

Fitzgerald attended several different Baltimore-area catholic and public schools before landing at Brewster Academy. Fitzgerald attended Towson Catholic as a sophomore in 2006-07 and as a junior he attended Owings Mill High School, where Fitzgerald averaged 21 points, 18 rebounds, and five blocked shots while earning All-County and All-Met accolades.

Fitzgerald moved on to Brewster for his senior year and committed to the University of Oklahoma in the fall.

"I picked Oklahoma over Louisville, Kentucky, Marquette and Pitt," Fitzgerald told ESPNRISE.com. "I liked the campus, the location out in that part of the country and the conference they play in [the Big 12] is real good. I liked their style of play and how they use their big men. I also liked the fact that I think I can play there a lot right away."

Fitzgerald added that his favorite college basketball player is the Sooner's 6-10 sophomore center Blake Griffin.

"He is a really talented big man who is athletic and does a lot of things well. I know I probably won't get to play with him next year though," said a smiling Fitzgerald. "I'm pretty sure he'll be in the NBA next year. But, yeah, right now he is my favorite player in college."

Fitzgerald has long maintained that he wanted to play power forward, instead of center, in college.

"[Oklahoma] recruited me as power forward, not as a center, though I guess I might play both some four [power forward] and some five [center]," Fitzgerald said. "I don't really care which, though I think I'm a natural four and I'm working on forward skills. I'm going to spend the summer working on getting stronger, working on my shooting, ball handling, passing and increasing my quickness."

James Quinn covers high school basketball for MDVarsity.com.