Brandenburg paying close attention to MU

One of Mizzou's top prospects in the Class of 2008 is De Smet's John Brandenburg, a 6-foot-11, 215-pound big man rated the No. 8 junior center in the nation. Inside Mizzou recently caught up with Brandenburg for an update on his recruitment, his junior season and his thoughts on the Tigers, and here's what he had to say.

"I like Mizzou a lot. I like the way coach Anderson is getting the guys is shape," said Brandenburg, to whom Mizzou offered a scholarship during his successful AAU campaign last summer. "One thing I'd like to see is him using the big men a little bit better. I don't see them trying to get the ball [into the post] a lot."

Brandenburg didn't mean that as a shot at MU coach Mike Anderson, but simply wants to be certain he'll play in a system that allows his talents to flourish.

"I like [MU's] style a lot. I like running up and down the court. People tell me I'm better at running up and down the court than" most big men, he said.

He has visited MU on several occasions and is giving the Tigers serious consideration, though he won't be rushing to any decisions. He recently enjoyed a visit to Wisconsin, which, along with Virginia and St. Louis, has offered him a scholarship.

Stanford has also offered a spot conditional on his acceptance to the school. That wouldn't seem to be much of an issue for him, as he's in fantastic shape academically. He plans to major in international business, and says all of the schools who have offered him meet his academic criteria.

He's not worried about staying close to home, and is hoping to receive offers from schools such as Kansas, UNC and Florida. All have already showed some interest, and Carolina has been in to see him this season. Brandenburg plans to commit "probably after this year's AAU, probably after everybody has their offers on the table," he said. "I'm just trying to get as many [offers] as possible."

Unfortunately his production has been limited by a cist in his shooting wrist, which has made it difficult and painful to shoot. He laughed, embarrassed, when asked what his point-per-game average is this season.

"Probably eight or nine points," he said, in addition to nine rebounds and three blocks per game. "The thing is, I was shooting incredibly well before this. I just can't shoot outside shots."

Brandenburg will undoubtedly be a highly-sought commodity because he is a mix of classic, fundamental big-man and versatility. He is a good rebounder, competes hard all of the time and has an improving face-up game. There's no doubt the Mizzou staff will be keeping close tabs on him in the months to come, as will InsideMizzou…

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