"You could say Illinois and MSU are my top two."

Brian Carlwell is like most young athletes today - he's paying very close attention to what schools are saying to him and who else they are recruiting. Get inside to find out what the big man plans to do once he verbals.

Carlwell is a 6'10" center from Proviso East High School in Maywood, Illinois (the same high school that produced two of the best current Big Ten basketball players: Dee Brown of Illinois and Shannon Brown of Michigan State).

When asked what two schools interest him most, Carlwell didn't hesitate and said, "You could say Illinois and Michigan State for sure right now. I don't have a third school."

Illinois' Final Four run impressed this big man. "They were fun to watch and they're well coached at Illinois. I haven't been down there yet to see the campus because my schedule is so busy, but I plan to get down there as soon as possible," Carlwell said.

Carlwell said he felt no pressure from the Illinois coaching staff but added, "Coach Tracey Webster is cool. That's my guy; he's the guy I talk to the most down there. Illinois has offered me a scholarship and I'm fine academically. Right now I have a 2.6 GPA and scored an 18 on my ACT."

Carlwell said he could already tell that his game is getting better on the offensive end of the floor. "I've been working really hard on that part of my game." He felt most of this is due to the extra work he is putting in right now.

Like most players today when they are being courted by a school it's very important to know what other players that school is recruiting. In this case, Carlwell knows the Illini are hot after shooting guard Jon Scheyer from Glenbrook North. "I'm not going to lie, when I commit to a school I'm going to try and bring other kids with me. I want to win a national title, so I will help recruit other players. I hope I get the chance to talk to him sometime soon," said Carlwell.

For now Carlwell will have to decide if he will be an Illini or a Spartan. Both team were in this past year's Final Four.


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