Eden Prairie Brett Ervin Gets College Looks

Brett Ervin, a 6-foot-6 forward from Eden Prairie (MN) High, is one of the state's top two-sport athletes. He has led the Eagles to an 18-2 start on the hardwood after making a trip to the Class AAAAA Prep Bowl in football, GoldenSports.Net recently caught up with Ervin to learn the latest on his recruitment.

Brett Ervin is averaging 16.4 points per game this season for the Eagles, who are leading the Lake Conference with an 18-2 mark. They started the season 17-0 before consecutive losses to Eastview and Apple Valley before defeating Bloomington Jefferson 67-44 Friday night.

Ervin also shined on the football field for Eden Prairie as a wide receiver and punter. However, he has decided to focus on playing just basketball in college.

"I've got pretty much every Division II school in the state following me. I know that my coach has sent out tape to Hartford, Eastern Kentucky and Western Kentucky. Green Bay has shown some interest. Just waiting for the season to end to see what I got and then I am going to make a decision."

Ervin said that he hasn't a chance to make any college visits, due to his busy sports schedule.

"Not yet. I went right from football to basketball. I plan on taking visits in the next couple of weeks. I am for sure going to go up to UMD. That is one that I am going to plan soon."

Ervin has received several Division II offers to date.

"UMD, University of Mary, St. Cloud State, Bemidji and Crookston."

Ervin had received recruiting interest in football as a wide receiver and punter, but decided he wanted to play college basketball.

"I was getting a little bit (of interest) throughout the season. I know that I talked to (Eden Prairie head football coach) Mike Grant about it a little bit and told him that if anyone contacted him, that I was just wanted to play basketball."

Ervin said that he hasn't focused on any particular one thing to improve himself.

"As you can see, we are winning a lot, so what I am doing right now is pretty good. Taking over games when my team needed me. Playing to my full potential."

Eden Prairie lost their leading scorer Ethan Wragge, who is now at Creighton and starting guards Timmy and Marc Miller from a team that finished 22-7 and was upset by Bloomington Jefferson in the section 2 finals. The 17-0 start was a bit of a surprise to some observers, even Ervin.

"Yes, I was. Through our first eight or nine games, I was a little bit surprised. But, as the season has gone along, I'm not surprised anymore, because I have realized that we seem to want it so much more. Our team just plays great defense and we play together really well. It feels really good. The rings don't mean very much to us. We just have to go out and play our game."

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