H-SPORTS

Jul 22, 2013 7:36 PM by Andrew Masuda

Atascadero's Berwick prepares for summer's biggest tourney, recruiting period heats up

Atascadero High senior point guard Robbie Berwick landed on the national recruiting scene this summer. He'll have a chance to further impress college coaches this week at the Adidas Super 64, the nation's most prestigious summer basketball event of the summer for prep stars like himself.

Recently, Berwick showed KSBY his fan mail. He has three shoe boxes filled with hundreds of letters from college coaches from every part of the country.Some letter are for football, most of them are for basketball. He said he received 60 in one day last week after he hit 7 three-pointers in a tournament game for his summer traveling team, the Orange County Pride. "It's been a long journey for me. But if you have one of those big games like it happens like an instant. That's how my name went everywhere. Everybody started talking like that kid from Atascadero he's pretty good," said Berwick.

Berwick was more than good his junior year. At point guard, he led the Greyhounds to a share of the Pac-7 League title and fifth-straight CIF quarterfinal berth. He averaged 18 points and 7 assists per game. Berwick also led the football team to the CIF semifinals at quarterback.

So far, he's earned scholarship offers to play hoops from Cal Poly, UC Santa Barbara, UC Davis, Florida State, Fresno State, Stetson, UTEP and Portland. Some other big name programs like Saint John's, San Diego State and Stanford are also interested. That's why he calls this week's tournament in Las Vegas, Nevada the most important of the summer. Coaches from Duke, North Carolina, pretty much you name it and they'll be there courtside.

"When the big schools hear about a kid that's starting to blow up a little bit they get excited and want to see them. Hopefully that's what I do," said Berwick.

Robbie says he's in no rush to decide. He still hasn't ruled out of the possibility of playing football at the next level. As of Monday, Berwick said Florida State was his number one pick because the Seminoles compete in the Atlantic Coast Conference with Duke, Syracuse and North Carolina.

The Adidas Super 64 runs Wednesday through Sunday.

Righetti High junior Cameron Walker and Mission Prep's Quinton Adlesh both play on the Compton Magic and will also play in the tournament.

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