Rush talks schools after sensational USA camp

Brandon Rush was sensational last week at the Youth Developmental Festival and insists that college is his first option. The 6-foot-7 forward discusses what he likes about his four favorite schools, including Louisville.

Brandon Rush may play basketball with a high degree of electricity, but his list of four schools remains static entering the July evaluation period.

Rush, an explosive 6-foot-6, 205 pound small forward, was one of the dominant forces last weekend at the USA Basketball Youth Development Festival in Colorado Springs, Colo.

He was the second leading scorer (behind the South's Louis Williams) at the event, where he pumped in 26.2 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and dished out 4.2 assists per game for the Silver medal winning North squad. Equally impressive, he shot 56 percent from the field and 67 percent (on 37 attempts in just five games) from the charity stripe.

After narrowing his list to Indiana, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisville, Rush appears content to let the recruiting process play itself out. In fact, he plans on making a spring 2005 decision.

"I still have a lot of time," Rush said. "So I am looking hard at each school."

He has clear opinions on his four finalists.

On Oklahoma: "I like Oklahoma because [Coach Sampson] lets the players come out and play."

On Louisville: "They have a great coach in Rick Pitino."

On Arkansas: "I like the young coach [Stan Heath] that they've got."

On Indiana: "I've always liked Mike Davis a lot because he's a real cool person."

While he insists he's college bound, whispers persist that Rush, the third in a stable of basketball playing brothers from Kansas City, may test the pro waters come the spring of 2005.

Of course, older brothers Kareem (currently with the Los Angeles Lakers) and JaRon (an NBA bust after leaving UCLA as a freshman) have had mixed results in the league where they play for pay.

"I am worried about college right now," he insisted. "There's no decision to be made -- it's straight to college."

Rush's length and athleticism make him a pro prospect, but his suspect jumper muddies the picture a bit. As a (reclassified) junior at Mt. Zion Christian Academy in North Carolina, Rush averaged 19 points, nine rebounds and five blocks per game last season.

He'll attend the Reebok ABCD Camp in New Jersey next week before ending the month of July with the K.C. Rocktown program at the Reebok Big Time Tournament in Las Vegas. We'll be at both events during the July evaluation period, so we'll keep you abreast of Rush's exploits as the summer unfolds.


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