Aussie Center Taking His Time

Ever since arriving in the summer, Australian native Angus Brandt has made his presence known right away. Yet, while it didn't take long for the 6-9 220 center to impress several colleges, Brandt prefers to take his time and learn as much as he can about his suitors. Devils Digest caught up with the center and talked about his recruitment with the Sun Devils.

"Arizona State looks like a good program," said Brandt who's being recruited by ASU's assistant coach Lamont Smith. "It looks like a good environment down there. I learned a little about them online and once the season starts I'm sure I'll watch them play and maybe come for a visit."

"That's why I want to sign in April, so I can watch the teams recruiting me play games and see how they do during the season."

In a previous interview, the center commented that he just watched a couple of college basketball games in his native land and needed to familiarize himself with the different teams out there.

Brandt's decision to play just his senior year in the United States, namely at Lake Forest (Ill.) Academy, is less common of a route than the typical foreign teenager player takes when coming to play basketball in this country. However, the center knew that "I needed that extra year of playing high school here so I can go and play at the college level."

The center, based on his performance in the summer AAU circuit, has earned a four-star ranking by and is listed at the 15th best in his position nationwide. Brandt played for the Chicago Elite team and as mentioned has deeply impressed several programs.

Oregon State and Michigan have been among Angus Brandt's earliest suitors, and thus both of them have already received visits from the center. Aside from Arizona State, Washington State, New Mexico, Michigan, Illinois, Georgia Tech and Valparaiso have all shown string interest in the last few months.

"I'm happy that I played so well in the summer," remarked Brandt, "but I was definitely surprised at all the attention I got in the summer. I really didn't expect it."

So what attracts all these colleges to the center from down under?

"Angus is a physical scorer," said Chicago Elite coach Steve Pratt in a previous interview. "He can score in many different ways. He can shoot the ball from the perimeter and he's got 20-foot range. He can shoot the college three and can score off one-foot hook shots and two-foot hook shots."

Brandt will start his senior season in three weeks. "We've been training every day," described the center. "One of the players on the team played with me on the same team in the summer and I got to play against some other kids on my high school team. So I feel comfortable playing with them."

Brandt doesn't have any other visits planned at this time. When he does decide to settle on a school one criteria will be very important to him.

"I want to go to a school where I can play early," he said. "That's definitely gonna be part of the decision making."

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