Brandon Costner is a talented 2005 class prospect who continues to get looks from big time schools. The 6'8" power forward is beginning to sit down with coaches and talk recruiting after returning from Germany this past weekend where he played for Team USA in the Albert Schweitzer Tournament. Costner describes how things went overseas, "I got to start and played well. We took fifth place losing to Argentina by one point for the right to go to the final four."
It wasn't the first time that Costner has traveled outside the country. He has lived in the United States and Europe. His dad, Tony Costner who played college ball at St. Joe's, was selected in the second round of the 1984 NBA draft by the Washington Bullets. Things did not work out in the NBA, so Tony Costner elected to play in the European leagues. Brandon was born in New Jersey, but moved to Italy when he was eight weeks old. After living in various parts of Europe for 12 years, the Costners came back home four years ago. Brandon explains why he is impartial when it comes to following elite programs as a youngster. "I really didn't grow up liking any schools since I was in Europe."
Colleges are beginning to travel to Seton Hall Prep. in West Orange, New Jersey. North Carolina State talked with Costner on Monday (4/19) about the prospects of playing for the Wolfpack. Virginia Tech was in town on Tuesday (4/20). The power forward shares how things have been going thus far. "It's been interesting. I'm hearing what they have to say and what they think of me. I want to know what their plans are for me."
Costner plans on meeting with Kansas next Monday (4/26). The Jayhawks have already offered the power forward a scholarship, and Bill Self along with Joe Dooley are scheduled to come in and chat. "I like Coach Self a lot. I saw him when he came to one of my high school games this past year."
Other programs in line to discuss basketball with Costner in the near future include Connecticut, Florida, UCLA, Indiana, Michigan, and Villanova. Georgia Tech, Notre Dame, Seton Hall, and St. Joseph's are also involved, but Costner is not detecting any favorites at this time. The only major player who has not offered Costner a scholarship for 2005 at this time is UConn. "They are all about the same right now. Everybody is sending mail and leaving messages."