Brust Impressed with Iowa Visit

One of Iowa's main targets in the 2010 Class came to campus for the first time this week on an unofficial visit. Hawkeyenation.com caught up with Illinois combo guard Ben Brust to see how the trip went. Read all about it in this premium interview transcript.

Class of 2010 recruit Ben Brust took his first trip to the University of Iowa and came away pretty impressed. The guard, who holds an Hawkeye offer, showed up at about 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday and left around 3 p.m. on Wednesday. It was an unofficial visit.

Hawkeye Nation caught up with the Mundelein, IL product as he was driving home from his visit with Iowa and here's what Brust had to say:

Q: In general terms, how did your visit go?

Ben Brust: It went well. I got to see the basketball facilities, the school, the academic people. Overall, it went very well.

Q: What was your objective on your visit? What were you looking for?

BB: I just wanted to see a little bit of everything. I've seen a lot of places, so I'm just comparing everything, seeing what I like, and just trying to figure out the schools.

Q: What did you do on your visit? What was you interaction like with the coaches?

BB: I got to spend time with all four coaches. Today, the assistant coaches toured me all around the campus. I met the strength and conditioning coach, the athletic trainer and the business (school) director. (Tuesday) I spent some time with Coach (Todd) Lickliter. I ended the visit with all the coaches in Coach Lickliter's office.

Q: What were your impressions of the Iowa coaches?

BB: It was really positive. I really like Coach Lickliter. He's really simple and down to earth. And all three of his assistants are really good people.

Q: Did you get to meet any of the Iowa players?

BB: I actually got to meet (Anthony) Tucker, (Matt) Gatens and (Jarryd) Cole today.

Q: How many offers do you have at this point, Ben?

BB: Truthfully, about 20, but I've kind of narrowed it down to the schools that I'm considering.

Q: How many are on that list that you're considering?

BB: Right now, Butler, Northwestern, Iowa, Davidson, Bradley, SIU (Southern Illinois) and there are a few others.

Q: How are you going to proceed with this? Are you going to wait until after the July period to see what else is out there? What is your plan going forward?

BB: I don't know yet. Truthfully, I really don't know yet.

Q: So, you're not sure when you'll pick a school?

BB: Yeah, I'm just not sure.

Q: When do you think you'll know? What will happen that will let you know it's time?

BB: I think it will be when I know that I want to be at one specific school. You'll get that feeling and know that you want to do it. Once I'm ready, I'll do it.

Q: Are you friends with Cully Payne?

BB: Yes I am. I've known him for a long time.

Q: What is your relationship like with him? Are you guys good friends?

BB: I actually just shot with him at the gym last week. We were talking about it. He's a really good kid. He's been talking to me about it. I think I might spend some time with him this summer in Iowa City just to get to know the players more and see how it is.

Q: How do you think he'll impact your decision, if at all?

BB: I don't know. Truthfully, I'm going to do what's best for me in the end. But it will definitely have maybe a little impact. I don't know.

Q: Is there a style of play that suits your game?

BB: Not really. Everyone has got their own system, so whatever fits me best.

Q: What are some strengths in your game and what are some areas that you'd like to improve?

BB: I definitely like to bring a lot of energy. I like to do everything out there, you know, drive, shoot, play defense, just do everything. There's always room for improvement everywhere.

Q: What are your dimensions? How tall are you and how much do you weigh?

BB: I am 6-2, about 180.

Q: Do you prefer a specific position? Where are you comfortable?

BB: I'm like a combo guard. I've played some point, but I've mostly been a shooting guard.

Q: Is shooting the strength of your game? Is that the skill that sticks out?

BB: Yeah, definitely.


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