THE LIST: Class of 2014 RIvals150
During the summer, it was clear that Johnny Dawkins and the Stanford staff were locked in on four-star Robert Cartwright.
The Cardinal dedication to the 6-foot-2 point guard from La Canada (Calif.) Flintridge Prep paid off late Wednesday night as the No. 78 player in the 2014 Rivals150 gave a verbal commitment.
"Stanford is Stanford," Cartwright told Alex Drukarev of CardinalSportsReport.com. "Its academics are out of this world, just incredible. (They're) one of the best (schools) in the world. One thing I wanted out of this entire process was to find a great academic situation. That's what it was.
"Honestly, relationships matter to me. I made some great relationships with a lot of schools, but at Stanford I had an amazing relationship with Coach Dawkins, Coach Schrage, Coach Payne, and Coach O'Toole. I really did. They told me what I needed to know and they were very honest with me and they told me that they wanted me and they never backed off. They did a great job recruiting me. And the location of Stanford is great. My parents will be able to see me play and family is important to me."
Relatively unknown on the national level headed into the summer, Cartwright had certainly built himself a reputation on the West Coast. Those familiar with him talked up his toughness, his defense and his ability to make plays for others.
That all showed during the month of July as he catapulted himself into the national spotlight. Few point guards have his toughness, he makes enough shots to keep defenders honest and he plays a clean/physical game that is pretty low on mistakes.
Cartwright is The Cardinal's first commitment from the class of 2014.
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