Brandt and Murphy Draw Interest In July

Every year there are a few prospects that pop up towards the end of July, and this year Angus Brandt and Rhys Murphy fit that bill, as they came to the United States and have developed good reputations in a quick manner.

Angus Brandt and Rhys Murphy made their way to the United States, by way of Australia, in early July. Since arriving in the states, it hasn't taken much time for them to make a splash on the recruiting scene.

Brandt, a 6-foot-9, 220-pound big man, and Murphy, a 6-foot-7, 190-pound wing, teamed with a handful of prospects from the Chicago area to form the Chicago Elite program during the evaluation period in July.

The talented duo hit the ground running, participating in the adidas It Takes 5ive Classic just a week into their arrival. Murphy seemed to be the standout there, as he hit long-range jumpers and showed off his high level hops.

"He's a three-point shooting three," Murphy's AAU coach Steve Pratt said. "He's a tough defender. He's a real hard worker and an intelligent kid. Any kind of pressing system where they use a lot of movement on the offensive end, he'll be great at."

While Murphy was the big standout in Cincinnati (Ohio), just a few weeks later in Las Vegas (Nev.), it was Brandt who seemed to be the talk of the town. Showcasing his moves and touch inside, Brandt picked off and out played some of the better bigs in the event.

"I think he just got comfortable and I think our point guard play improved too," Pratt said. "Angus was able to get the ball more, once our point guard play improved. Then we were able to utilize Angus better."

"Angus is a physical scorer," he continued. 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."

With both Australian prospects playing well, college coaches began following the pair and their Chicago Elite squad. Brandt has already heard from Indiana, Gonzaga, San Diego, Valparaiso, Oregon State, Arizona and Washington State. While Murphy holds offers from Oregon State, Butler and San Diego.

Despite the attention, neither has a time table on making a college decision. Brandt is planning to attend Lake Forest (Ill.) Academy this season. Murphy is headed to Lee (Maine) Academy.

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