Brandon Costner Update:

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA--Brandon Costner has been on the radar of major programs throughout the country for longer than most members of the class of 2005, and his offer list demonstrates that fact: A dozen schools, including such powers as Florida, Michigan, N.C. State, Virginia, UNC, and Connecticut. All have offered him a scholarship with the exception of North Carolina.

"I've been to the Carolina campus, and I liked it a lot," Costner told Inside Carolina after his team's first game at the Southern Invitational. "They've contacted me, and Coach Robinson contacted me on the phone. He seemed like a great guy."

Costner's Playaz squad won handily in their first game of the weekend against the overmatched Mt. Vernon Patriots, even though the team only had six players available for the contest. Costner again demonstrated why he is such a prized commodity among college coaches, scoring 21 points on a combination of long threes, mid-range jump shots, and lay-ups in transition. He tacked on 10 rebounds, and five steals while going 8-14 from the floor (3-7 3 FG, 2-4 FT) as he displayed his broad skill set.

In game two for the Playaz, Costner struggled with his interior offense, watching several of his shots come back to him with authority as the Vic Sims All Stars placed an emphais on shot-blocking. He still finished with 10 points and 9 rebounds. But his team seemed a bit worn down by the earlier trying game and the plentiful minutes all day long. Costner's line for the second game tallied 10 points (2-9 FG, 1-2 3FG, 5-6 FT), 9 rebounds, and 2 blocks.

What stands out about Costner is the diversity of talents he displays, and a few holes in his game. He is able to handle the ball acceptably in the transition game, pass well out of the high post and from the perimeter, and (at times) crash the boards with a vengeance. The angles he takes when judging defensive rebounds can at times get him in trouble, but he has the makings of a serviceable off-the-ball shot-blocker and rebounder. He needs to get more aggressive with his positioning when rebounding.

He could stand to gain some weight, and focusing his game more on the interior would likely increase the chances of eliciting a UNC offer—but when you shoot the three as well as Costner does, it is hard to begrudge him the shot attempts.

It is his 3-point stroke, though, which continuously raises eyebrows. Costner isn't overwhelmingly athletic, but one spin move to his left hand on the baseline showed that he has a little bounce in his step.

"I plan to cut my list down, hopefully to five, sometime this month. UNC looks to be right up at the top, though," Costner said.

Costner's Playaz squad looks likely to advance into tomorrow's playoff round, and rest assured that Inside Carolina will keep you fully updated on his performance then, and throughout the summer.

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