Like football, basketball is also a game of inches and St. Ignatius’ Neal Begovich is winning. Just as important as his height increase in the last two years is his increased weight and strength plus the advancing of his skill set.
Beginning as a 5-foot-10, 115 pound freshmen, Begovich shot up to 6-foot-4 as a sophomore. As he enters his junior season, he measures 6-foot-8. As Begovich noted, it’s the same height of his late father Daniel who played at California and earned Most Valuable Player honors in 1977. “My Dad died when I was nine and it motivated my brothers and me to follow in his footsteps for him. It’s like he’s watching over us. I wear #21 because that was my Dad’s number.”
» Read more in-depth analysis of the basketball recruiting process in my `Recruiting is a Seriously Funny Business’ cornerstone article.