Update: Brandon Costner

Brandon Costner is one of the many big men the Kansas Jayhawks have on their radar screen for the 2005 class. The 6'8" Costner is a legit power forward who can stick the three as well. It sounds like KU is taking a serious look at what Costner brings to the table.

"Kansas is probably sending me the most mail right now," said Costner.

The New Jersey native is currently interested in tons of schools including the Jayhawks, Indiana, North Carolina, Kentucky, Seton Hall, and St. Joe's. His father, Tony Costner played for the St. Joseph's Hawks in the early 80's, averaging 12 points per game during his college career.

Why is Costner considering Kansas? Well, there's a number of reasons.

"I like Coach Self quite a bit, he seems fun. I like how he coaches and how he gives his players some leeway."

Mike Davis at Indiana is another head coach who Costner thinks highly of. "I've talked to him on the phone a couple of times, and he (Davis) seems like a nice guy."

Costner compared his style of play to that of junior Jayhawk big man Wayne Simien.

"I really like Simien. I kind of play like that, but with a bit more finesse. I also shoot more from the outside," said Costner.

As a high school junior this past season at Seton Hall Prep, Costner averaged Big Dub type numbers with 19 points and 8.5 rebounds per contest.Although Costner is impressed with the way Simien plays, the fact that KU's leading scorer is graduating after next season could be a positive in terms of landing the 2005 class power forward.

"I don't want to go somewhere and sit. I'm not saying I have to start, but I want a place where I can play my first year."

Costner has not scheduled any official visits, but he realizes it's time to get serious and start narrowing things down. The high school junior has never been to Lawrence, but that could change in the near future?

"I think so, I plan on taking an official there (to KU)."

The prep star summed it all up in regards to what will influence his decision on where he elects to go to college.

"I'll go to where I like the surroundings and the coaching staff the most."

Kentucky has a realistic shot in attracting Costner to Lexington to be a Wildcat.

"I'm interested in Kentucky because they've had so much success. They're intriguing to me," said Costner.

Costner had the Wildcats making some noise in his NCAA tourney bracket.

"My bracket's done, with Kentucky and Mississippi State losing." How far did he have Kansas going? "I had them losing to Kentucky in the Sweet 16."

At least he didn't have KU falling to UIC in the first round like Michael Wilbon did, or versus Providence ala Jay Bilas.

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