Wright State Lands The Big One

Somewhere, Paul Biancardi is smiling because he stole one. This week, Columbus Walnut Ridge small forward Brandon Ivery committed to the Raiders and could prove to have an impact on the league.

Brandon Ivery, a 6-6 small forward from Columbus (OH) Walnut Ridge, is headed to play for Paul Biancardi at Wright State. Last season, Ivery averaged 20 points and 13 rebounds for Walnut Ridge. He's in his third season at the school after starting his career at Brookhaven.

His relationship with Biancardi actually dates all the way back to his freshman year when the coach was then an assistant for the Buckeyes.

"I've known him ever since I was a freshman at Brookhaven," Ivery said. "The upperclassmen could have two people come along [on their visit to Ohio State]. Since then, we've built a relationship and he knows my history. I think that's a must and I'll spend the next four years of my life with someone I can trust, someone that I know.

"I think the recruitment was based on knowing Coach Biancardi throughout the years at Ohio State. The relationship with him helped my decision to go to Wright State more so than any relationship with other coaches recruiting me."

Ivery, a small forward, considered Youngstown State, Murray State, Norfolk State and Toledo. Frankly, he could have gone a level higher. He's got a strong body and can score. He burst onto the scene last spring with a great effort at the adidas Texas Classic.

Regardless, Ivery's decision wasn't about playing for the highest level school. The well-spoken young man is loyal by nature. "The bigger schools were waiting to see what my test score was and how productive my season is. I felt as if the schools that were there in the beginning would be there in the end. It wasn't anything about being the man, it was that they showed the interest early and I responded."

Ivery joins Everett Spencer, Jordan Pleiman and LaMorris Wallace in a fine recruiting class bound for the Horizon League. It was pretty much that they were going to bring in a good class that could support one and another. I was born with leadership skills and I know Everett. You bring all that together with the talent that he's bringing in and it's an excellent class.

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