Vandenberg Nearing a Decision

The spring signing period is approaching and a few prospects remain on NC State's recruiting board. One of the Pack's targets is Jordan Vandenberg, and the Australian center hopes to have a decision in the near future.

The spring signing period is approaching and a few prospects remain on NC State's recruiting board. One of the Pack's targets is Jordan Vandenberg, and the Australian center hopes to have a decision in the near future.

"I want to be sure around the 1st of April," said Vandenberg. "I'm still pretty much on the fence. I don't have a leader yet, but it's getting close. After this weekend I should have a clearer head. I'm playing in a local competition for Waverley."

Checking in at 7-feet and 230 pounds, Vandenberg feels that he brings a lot to the table but admit he can still improve as a player.

"I'm left-handed, but I can score with either hand in the paint," he said. "I also feel like I have good post moves and can score out to 10 feet. The things do well is use both hands around the basket, and I am a good shotblocker and can change shots.

"I do need to get stronger and do that quickly. That is what I need to improve the most. I know I'll need to be stronger to play consistently against big men who are 20 or 30 pounds heavier than me. I can also improve my off-the-dribble shots and add more variety in the post."

Vandenberg is still considering offers from NC State, Southern Cal, and Utah Valley. A few weeks back he departed Australia for the United States and visited all three schools.

"It was fun," he previously told Pack Pride. "They were all good experiences. As far as game atmosphere, I feel like NC State had the best, followed by USC and then Utah Valley. USC probably leads in education. I'm looking at everything and that includes the facilities, education, playing time.

"At Utah Valley I could go in and get major minutes and at USC they said I wouldn't play much as a freshman because the need wasn't there. NC State is a little of both in that I could play some early but get major minutes my sophomore year."

According to Vandenberg, two schools are recruiting him the hardest.

"NC State and Utah Valley are recruiting me the hardest," he said. "Utah Valley has a coach out here, and NC State uses up all their phone calls every week."

A 2009 enrollee, Vandenberg is fully qualified and has been cleared by the NCAA Clearinghouse. Hoping to decide by April 1st, a few factors will play a major role in his final decision.

"The biggest factor is where the school will position me when I leave," he said. "As in will I have the right basketball development and education so I can live comfortably after going through it all. Also, I want to know that I will enjoy living there.

"I'm looking to major in Math, but I don't have a particular field picked out yet. I looked into Engineering, but the workload might be too heavy."


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