ABCD: Brandon Rush, HS coach discuss recruitment

<b>TEANECK, NJ</b> Brandon Rush is clearly one of the better talents in his class nationally and performed well on the first day of action at ABCD. Both Rush and his high school coach, Tony Fozard, discussed his current recruitment.

Brandon Rush is a big time talent. In a "down" year by past recruiting standards, the athletic wing clearly ranks among the better prospects in the class of 2005.

There's been considerable speculation about a direct jump to the NBA after his senior year of his school, but Rush continues to insist college is in his future.

"I'm really thinking about college right now, the NBA isn't even in my thought process," Rush said.

On the recruiting front, Rush seems to have a couple of favorites in mind though he was a little coy in naming them.

"I don't have any favorites right now," Rush explained when asked what colleges he preferred. "I like them all right now."

When asked if he had to name a few favorites, Rush said, "Oklahoma and Indiana. With both of them, I like their coaches because they let their players come out and play."

Mount Zion head coach Tony Fozard, Rush's high school coach, had a different take on his young star's recruitment.

Along with Oklahoma and Indiana, Fozard also listed Louisville and Arkansas as serious contenders for Rush's services and noted that one school not listed by his player might have the edge presently.

"Louisville probably has the edge with Brandon because of Coach Pitino and his style of play," Fozard said Thursday evening.

Fozard also said that Rush is working to improve his core GPA and noted that the 6-foot-7 forward hasn't taken either of the standardized tests for admission to college yet. "He's doing real well with the practice tests, though," Fozard added.

Indiana's Mike Davis was in the gym Thursday at ABCD.

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