Jon Weisman of Dodger Thoughts used to write about prep sports for the Daily News about two or three careers ago, and he resurrects an old December 12, 1989 column about an up-and-coming young point guard at Kennedy High School named Garret Anderson.
"He's very nice, kind of mild-mannered," Shimuzu said. "He's softspoken. He's on the quiet side. If he wore glasses he might be Clark Kent."
Well, Garret Anderson doesn't wear glasses. But lately, he has been playing like Superman.
Anderson, the same Anderson who hit a game-winning, three-run home run in the City 4-A baseball semifinals in May, ducked into a phone booth on the Kennedy campus and came out as a basketball scoring machine.
The 6-foot-3 guard from Granada Hills is averaging 26.2 points per game, including 30 against Thousand Oaks and 41 against Capistrano Valley, going into today's 4 p.m. home game against Fairfax.
His average has almost doubled over last season, in which he notched 14.1 points per game in league play.
"I didn't really know what to expect (this season)," Anderson said. "I thought that I was going to do what I did last year. Our offense is designed for more than one person. I'm surprised that I am scoring as much as I am."
What has happened is the Cougars have had to rely on Anderson more than they originally expected. A team that was already top-heavy with underclassmen also suffered some losses because of academic ineligibility.
"We need someone to take control," Kennedy senior center Juan Segura said. "(Garret) has been doing the job lately. He's been doing a hell of a job."
As has he lately.