H: 6' 8"|
W: 243 lbs
(25 Years Old)
|RSCI: 77||Agent: Joshua Goodwin ||
High School: Brewster Academy
Hometown: Baltimore, MD
Andrew Fitzgerald (#100 Rivals, #85 Scout, #63 ESPN) had a monster game against Stoneridge Prep center Yous Mbao, scoring at will and throwing his 265 pound body around in the paint. Not just a bruiser, he showed off a very soft touch both around the basket and out to about 17 feet. Fitzgerald is very light on his feet for a player of his stature, allowing him to maneuver his way through traffic without allowing defenders to draw charges. Though the Baltimore native didn't show much with his left hand, he was still able to get his shot off against more athletic defenders despite being a below average athlete.
On the defensive end, Fitzgerald uses his bulk to hold position on the blocks and force defenders into shots as far away from the basket as possible. Though not much of a shot blocker, he does do an outstanding job of attacking the glass on the defensive end. This is due to his fundamental boxing out and going and getting the ball, rather then so many players who just rely upon their athleticism.
Fitzgerald could certainly use to improve his body before he hits Norman, which would help him with both his explosiveness and his lateral quickness. With Blake Griffin's incredibly likely departure to the NBA after this season, there will be plenty of minutes in the Sooner frontcourt. However, OU also has a commitment from Keith “Tiny” Gallon and it is very hard to imagine both of these bulky big men playing on the floor together at the same time. This logjam could possibly serve as motivation for Andrew to get his body right so that he is able to steal minutes away from his more heralded fellow recruit Gallon.