Potential All-American Brigham Names Leader

Of the seven schools recruiting him, one stands out.

Mike Brigham comes from a strong basketball background. He graduated from legendary Marion High School in Indiana after moving from Danville, Illinois. The Marion Giants hold seven men's basketball state championships trophies and past players have won four Mr. Basketball awards. Marion's basketball alumni include Jay Edwards, Lyndon Jones, and Zach Randolph.

At Danville as a junior, he averaged 19 points and 12 rebounds. Then at Marion it was 14 points and 13 boards.

He moved on from Marion to play for another nationally known basketball program at Mott Community College. Mott has won three junior college national championships and been runner-up twice.

Brigham said Mott's head coach Steve Schmidt makes the most out of his players:

"Playing for Coach Schmidt…he is a tough, but good coach. He makes sure we graduate on time.

As a freshman last year at Mott in Flint, Michigan, he averaged 14 points and 8.3 rebounds. This year as a sophomore, he will be expected to be a team leader and will be a candidate for All-American honors.

Brigham (6'6"/212) compares his style of play to NBA stars Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudamire. Brigham said, "I am long and athletic. I can knock down the 3 and have a sold mid-range game. I am calm and collected. I attack the boards and run the floor." His primary positions are at the wing or inside as a forward.

He said he is working hard to improve going to the left and guarding smaller players on the perimeter.

Brigham says he intends to graduate with an associate's degree next spring. He currently has a 3.0 G.P.A. and believes he will graduate without any problems. After transferring to a four year college next year, he plans on majoring in business.

When asked what he is looking for in a four-year school, this was Brigham's response:

"I want a school that will help me get better as a player and help me get a degree. I want to play overseas or make the NBA."

He is unsure when he will decide, but it will be after he takes some visits.

The list of schools recruiting him includes Miami-OH, East Tennessee State, Morehead State, Iowa State, Central Michigan, Toledo, and Texas Southern. All have offered except ISU and Texas Southern. The Miami offer came directly from head coach Charlie Coles.

Brigham says he talks most often with the coaches from Miami, Morehead, and Toledo.

When asked who would be his leaded, Brigham said he favors Miami because "they are a top program for basketball, they graduate players on time, the coach knows the system after being there for a long time, and they play top competition."

Off the court, Brigham said he loves to sing R&B, although he is not ready to sing in public (yet).

Stay tuned to RedHawk Insider as we will continue to follow Brigham's sophomore season and recruitment.

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