Seattle Big Man Hearing From Duke

The Blue Devils have a few set needs when it comes to the class of 2005. Most importantly the Duke coaching staff is looking for big men who aren't afraid to mix it up in the paint, and that can compliment the traditional mold of a Duke power forward. Perhaps one of the most qualified prospects is Seattle's Jon Brockman, a 6-foot-8 245 pound bruiser, who's stock is beginning to skyrocket.


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"Right now my rough list is Duke, UCLA, Arizona, Stanford, Gonzaga, Kansas, North Carolina, and Washington," said Snohomish High standout power forward Jon Brockman. "I'm still open, but I'll also start to narrow it down over the summer and take some official visits."

Standing 6-foot-8 and tipping the scales at a solid 245 pounds, Brockman burst onto the national scene earlier this month with a big performance at the Boo Williams Invitational in Hampton, VA. On hand, ACC recruiting analyst Clint Jackson offered the following scouting report on the big guy:

Brockman is a true warrior in every sense of the word. He's a good athlete with plenty of strength and a relentless will about him that forces him to play every play like the game is on the line. He has GREAT hands and does everything with maximum effort. He dunks with authority, grabs boards in traffic and finishes with a nice soft touch around the glass.

Since then, he's seen a number of schools step up their efforts including Duke and North Carolina.

"Coach Wojo was out here a week or so ago to watch our AAU practice, and I've had a chance to talk with them more and more. North Carolina has sent me some more mail since then."

Still Brockman is noticing the increased love from the Duke staff.

"I'm very aware of Duke. I mean they are always on top and have an awesome program. There aren't many better than Coach K, he's pretty elite, and the crowd down there is just…crazy."

As a high school junior he averaged 22 points and over 13 rebounds per game while making a living his team's center. Unlike many post players in today's game, Brockman says he's not interested in becoming a perimeter-oriented player.

"I like to get up and down the floor," said Brockman. "I try to give it my all every time I step on the floor. If that means diving on the floor then so be it. I also love to get inside and rebound the ball. I think I'll be more of an inside guy who can step out and play some four, but mainly I'll stay inside. That's where I am most comfortable. I need to get stronger so I can defend the bigger guys, but I love to battle and I love contact."


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