2011's Kearney Names Leader

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Junior Brandan Kearney has a leader. The Detroit high school standout spoke with Scout.com at the recent USA Basketball mini-camp.

It would appear that one member of the Class of 2011 is inching closer to a decision. Brandan Kearney, a 6-foot-4 wing out of Detroit's Southeastern High has a tentative plan.

"I'm going to decide in early November," Kearney said. "Michigan State leads. Their coach, he's not only recruiting me, he's recruiting my family and that's his tactic and I think it's a great tactic."

Tom Izzo, the Spartans head coach, is using a time-test, nuts and bolts recruiting approach. He's telling Kearney the truth: once his strength comes, the coach feels like he'll be an outstanding player.

"(Izzo's) straight forward," Kearney said. "He doesn't B.S. around and he tells you the truth." Kearney has already been on campus and is also considering Michigan, Ohio State, Syracuse and Minnesota.

Kearney's never been to Syracuse or Minnesota. Georgetown and Kentucky are showing interest but they'd better hurry because November is jump shot away.

Kearney's a unique player. He was a member of the gold medal winning USA 16U team last summer. He was out in Colorado Springs attending mini camp last weekend.

Kearney noticed one big difference between himself and most of his peers. "I think once my strength comes I'm going to be pretty good. I'm lifting now. That's what separates people out here. Some are a lot stronger than me. I plan in the next few months to get stronger and come back and make the team again. My skill level is just as good but it's the strength."

One thing Kearney is proud of is his basketball IQ. He credits dad for instilling the mental aspect of the game in him early.

"When I was younger my dad put me at the top (of the key) first. I was never on the wing. He wanted me to develop my guard game. I would get frustrated because once I passed I wouldn't get it back but as I got older I tried to evolve my game."


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