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Braswell Lands Jackson for Northridge Backcourt

September 17, 1997

Bradley Jackson, one of the top high school point guards in the state, has committed to Cal State Northridge.

The 5-foot-10 Jackson will play this season at Inglewood High after transferring from South Torrance.

Jackson was also being recruited by Tulsa, Florida State, Loyola Marymount and UC Santa Barbara. He chose Northridge because Matador Coach Bobby Braswell has recruited him since Braswell was an assistant at Oregon in 1995.

"Northridge really looks like a good place to be," Jackson said. "I liked Oregon when Coach Braswell was there, and he seems to be keeping that same style at Northridge."

Jackson, who said he will sign a letter of intent during the early signing period in November, will compete next season at point guard with Markus Carr, a freshman from Palmdale High who will miss this season because of a torn anterior cruciate ligament.

"Bradley's strengths are No. 1, he's one of fastest kids you'll see with a basketball," said Dave Benezra, Jackson's coach on the L.A. Rockfish club team. "He can create fast breaks and all his life he's been a shooter. He may be a little guy, but he's a strong little guy."


Melo in the clear: The City Section Rules Committee cleared linebacker David Melo to play football for Taft High, Section Commissioner Barbara Fiege said Tuesday.

Melo, an All-City selection for Van Nuys as a junior, transferred to Taft under open enrollment this summer.

Van Nuys coaches and administrators charged that Melo was recruited by Taft, but Fiege said there is "no sufficient evidence" of illegal activity.

Melo was allowed to practice and play with the Toreadors during the investigation. But the inquiry took its toll on the family.

Enrique Melo, Jr., David's father, found out Tuesday he lost his job as a property management supervisor because of the work he missed dealing with the transfer.

"It's been a nightmare," Enrique Melo said.

"I don't think any parent should have to go through what we've gone through. But I had to do it for my son."


Gore's father dies: Jason Gore has postponed his professional golf debut because of the death of his father, Sheldon, Tuesday at the family's home in Valencia.

Gore received a sponsor's exemption into the NIKE Boise Open, which begins Thursday.

Gore, California Amateur and California State Open champion, led Pepperdine to the 1997 NCAA championship and was a member of the Walker Cup team.


Great Scott: Brandon Scott of Ventura was selected state player of the week among running backs by the Junior College Athletic Bureau.

Scott, a freshman from Orange, N.J., rushed for 217 yards and a touchdown in 18 carries Saturday in a 48-17 loss to West L.A.


Waves on rise: Pepperdine is No. 19 in the American Volleyball Coaches Assn. poll, the highest the Waves have been ranked since 1991.

The Waves defeated Hawaii and University of the Pacific, both ranked teams, last week.


Committed: Agoura outfielder Chrissy Davie committed to Purdue and will sign a softball letter of intent in November.

Easy riders: Cyclist John Wordin of West Hills was third Sunday in the La Mirada Grand Prix. Thurlow Rogers of Van Nuys was 18th.

Drafted: Guard Mike Penberthy of The Master's College was selected by Idaho in the second round of the Continental Basketball Assn. draft.

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