Rutgers Hosts JUCO Forward

Rutgers hosted another official visitor this weekend in Pratt (Kansas) Community College power forward Vladimir Brodziansky. Brodziansky has three visits down with a decision coming soon, and Pratt head coach Jesse Shaw has more on the 6-foot-10 prospect.

Rutgers basketball hosted a “double-double machine” this weekend for an official visit in the form of Pratt (Kansas) Community College forward Vladimir Brodziansky.

Brodziansky is a full high school qualifier, and has four years to play three with a trio of schools on him the hardest heading into decision time.

“He’s visited Gonzaga, TCU and Rutgers,” said Pratt head coach Jesse Shaw. “From our perspective when you’re being recruited by Gonzaga, TCU and Rutgers, there’s no point in coming back to Pratt for a second year. There’s a 99 percent chance he’s going to be gone. We’re happy for him, and that’s what we’re here for.”

Rutgers, TCU and Gonzaga sit out front for Brodziansky, who checks in at 6-foot-10, 200 pounds. Oklahoma State, Wichita State, Pittsburgh, Memphis, Washington State and Dayton are also involved in his recruitment.

Brodziansky averaged 15 points and nine rebounds during his freshman season. In a February game against Rutgers commit DeShawn Freeman, Brodziansky logged 18 points, 13 rebounds and five blocks.

“He figured out the speed and the physicality and started becoming a double-double machine for us,” Shaw said. “He’s so skilled and long and athletic that he was very difficult for teams to stop on the block. On the perimeter, he can shoot it and drive it, so he spaced things out for other guys.”

Rutgers hosted the big man for a weekend official visit, where he built stronger relationships with assistant coach Greg “Shoes” Vetrone and center Shaquille Doorson.

Brodziansky spent time with the Canarias Basketball academy with Doorson before he enrolled at Pratt. He originally hails from Prievidza, Slovakia.

“I heard he was really comfortable with coach Vetrone and with his buddy Shaq,” Shaw said. “He really enjoyed being around them. Obviously playing in the Big Ten is cool and that kind of stuff.”

Vetrone was the lead recruiter for both Doorson and Freeman since he joined the staff one year ago.

“The biggest difference for him between those other places is coach Vetrone and Shaq,” Shaw said. “He likes being around those guys a lot. And he really likes coach [Eddie] Jordan too.”

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