There's a trend in college basketball of international stars making their way to the United States. And it doesn’t appear to be slowing down. One of the many prospects looking to make their way to college next year is Latvian forward Roberts Blumbergs.
“[I’ve] thought a lot about which path to choose,” Blumbergs told Scout. “I have been in contact with some professional players and have played with grown men and learned a lot from them.”
“I want that new challenge,” he added. “All the games I have watched from U.S., the atmosphere, different style of playing, I feel that it is something I want to do. Besides from basketball you can still get education and that is also a great benefit.”
And Blumbergs will certainly have options.
In December at the 2016 FIBA u18 European Championships, Blumbergs averaged 16.5 points and 9.8 rebounds. He also made 10 of his 22 three-point attempts in six games.
“I can do everything on the court,” Blumbergs said. “I have worked so much on my shot and dribbling skills this season that I can attack defenders from outside and handle the ball very well even though my size is 6'10.”
“I fell very confident in shooting the ball from the three-point range and taking to the basket also in situations and I really like to compete against the bigs under the basket,” he added.
Thus far, Blumbergs has received a wide range of college interest.
“Actually at the beginning there were a lot of schools, which was a little surprise for me,” Blumbergs said. “But now my vision is getting more clear. I am looking only for Division-I. There are more teams from Big East and some other conferences.”
“I have my thoughts about some of the schools,” he added. “But it is still unclear since I have not been to visits. I am looking forward to do them in upcoming months. So then it will be more visible. I do not want to rush with decisions before time.”
At this point, Blumbergs doesn’t have any visits scheduled.
“The closest ones planned are with Creighton and Grand Canyon University,” he said. “But I am looking forward to some others.” Auburn, Georgia Tech, Nevada and Seton Hall are also recruiting Blumbergs, according to sources.
Blumbergs currently plays for GBA Prague in the Czech Republic.