Local hoopsters shine on biggest stage
Two very familiar faces got plenty of exposure during the recent NCAA basketball tournaments. Lake Oswego natives Kevin Love and Jillian Harmon each helped lead their respective teams to Final 4 berths in impressive bids for national titles.
Love, a Lake Oswego High School graduate, was arguably UCLA's most productive player during the Bruins' march to San Antonio.
The post averaged a double-double for the season, was named the Pac-10 Player of the Year and was honored as a second-team All-American.
His UCLA team won the Pac-10 tournament and earned a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament. The Bruins cruised in their opening round game and survived a scare against Texas A and M.
Then UCLA handled upstarts Western Kentucky and Xavier before eventually falling to another No. 1 seed from Memphis.
Love earned plenty of accolades from opposing players and media members along the way and much speculation has been made about whether or not he will enter the NBA draft later this year.
Meanwhile, Harmon, a Lakeridge graduate, played an important role on her Stanford Cardinal team that advanced all the way to the national title game where they were eventually upended by Tennessee.
Harmon was primarily used as the team's sixth man throughout the tournament and was often called upon to be the Cardinal's defensive stopper.
Stanford had little trouble in its early games as it dispatched Cleveland St., UTEP and Pittsburgh. The Cardinal then took down No. 1 seed Maryland and, in the Final 4, upended top-ranked Connecticut before running out of steam in a 64-48 loss to the Volunteers.