As a native of St. Louis, John Brandenburg resides smack in the middle of the country. His college choices – Stanford and Virginia – couldn't be further apart on opposite coasts. On Sunday night, Scout.com's 82nd ranked prospect picked the East Coast and the Virginia Cavaliers.
"It was the most difficult decision of my life," Brandenburg said. "East Coast? West Coast? Am I picking where I'll live the rest of my life?"
Wherever he spends the rest of his life is up for debate at a later time. The next four years will be under the guidance of Dave Leitao and his staff in Charlottesville. Up until decision time, Brandenburg – even with only two schools – had everyone guessing.
In the end, the opportunities in the Virginia frontcourt were too bountiful to turn down.
"I feel great. The opportunity I have as a freshman is great. There's nothing I could want more than to be thrown into a high pressure situation and give it what I have as a freshman. To be able to compete in the ACC that'll be a dream come true."
Brandenburg could be sitting on a breakout senior year. Like many big men, it took him a while to grasp his own size and being comfortable on the court around smaller guys. Gradually over the last 3 years and specifically this summer his aggression level has gone up and we'd expect his numbers to increase significantly during his final season.