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Flintridge Prep boys' basketball star Robert Cartwright verbally commits to Stanford

Basketball: Rebels point guard ends 'overwhelming' recruitment process with verbal to Stanford Cardinal Wednesday evening.

September 04, 2013|By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com
  • ARCHIVE PHOTO: Flintridge Prep point guard Robert Cartwright has verbally committed to Stanford University.
ARCHIVE PHOTO: Flintridge Prep point guard Robert Cartwright… (Tim Berger/Staff…)

After being courted on the national stage by a number of top-level NCAA Division I men’s basketball teams, Flintridge Prep point guard Robert Cartwright verbally committed to Stanford University over the phone Wednesday evening.

Cartwright’s commitment to the Cardinal comes after a strong junior season and busy summer. He became the undisputed leader of the Rebels in 2012-13 and flourished in the role after helping them win a CIF Southern Section Division V-AA crown as a freshman.

“Stanford is Stanford, it’s an incredible academic school, it’s a place I felt very comfortable with the coaches,” said Cartwright, who took an unofficial trip to the school in the spring. “I know it’s going to be a lot of hard work, both on and off the court, but it’s a challenge I think I’m up for, one I’m training for now and one I’m just excited to embark on. I think I can do great things there, hopefully as an athlete and off the court. I just felt like it was a great fit.”

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The do-everything guard averaged 18.9 points, 4.6 assists, 3.8 rebounds and 3.8 steals a game en route to leading his team to a Prep League title, the division V-AA semifinals and a CIF State Division V appearance last season.

In the process, the 6-foot-2 18-year old earned the Prep League Most Valuable Player award, along with first-team nods in All-Area and All-CIF voting. It was this summer that Cartwright, who plays AAU ball with the LA Rockfish, saw his stock rise considerably.

“Sometimes there were days where I had basically 10-12 calls consecutively and those could take a long time,” Cartwright said. “It was tough, especially during the school year. … It was a little overwhelming at times, but I enjoyed the process and I was fine doing it because I felt very lucky and I was very happy to have so many great schools in my recruitment.”

The incoming senior spent most of the summer in the gym, playing for the LA Rockfish or in Flintridge Prep summer league games. He also attended Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul’s CP3 Elite Guard Camp.

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