Brockman Talks About His Visit

The elite junior power forward from the state of Washington, <b>Jon Brockman</b>, took an official visit to UCLA this last weekend. He talks about his impressions of the trip, including the highlight of meeting a certain individual…

Jon Brockman, 6-7 junior power forward from Snohomish (Wash.) High, took his first official visit this last weekend, to UCLA, and said he came away very impressed.

"It's a beautiful campus," said the 245-pound Brockman. "It has great facilities, and good coaching. It's just a great school with a great program."

Brockman said he ate quite a bit, saw some Southern California sights, and played in a pick-up game. He said, though, that the highlight of the trip was meeting a certain standout UCLA basketball figure.

"I got to meet John Wooden," he said. "My family and I had breakfast with him. It was really great. I mean, who isn't a John Wooden fan? He's a legend of the game. It was a little strange actually eating breakfast with him."

Brockman said he doesn't have any current plans to take any more official visits this spring. He said he did intend to take more visits in the fall, and would probably pick among Washington, Arizona, Gonzaga, Stanford, Kansas, Duke and North Carolina for those other visits.

To date, among those schools, UCLA and Washington have offered Brockman a scholarship. He said that the east coast schools didn't visit him during the recent evaluation period, but that he receives contact from them that makes him believe they're potentially serious about recruiting him. "I get FedExes from Duke. North Carolina sends me mail regularly. My coach said he's talked to them a couple of times and they're seriously interested."

Even after his visit to UCLA, Brockman said he didn't have a favorite, or even a few favorites. "No, I really don't want to think about the schools that way yet," he said.

Brockman did say he had some factors that he'll weigh when deciding on a school. "Coaching, the players on the team, playing time availability, education and location. Those are the big factors. But when it comes down to it, it will probably be the place I feel most comfortable, the place that clicks for me."

When it comes to staying close to home, Brockman said he's feeling no pressure. "My family wants me to go where I want to go. They don't want me to be somewhere I'm not happy. If that's close to home, then it is."

Coming from the small town of Snohomish, Brockman said that going to a school in a big city – like Washington or UCLA – was okay for him. "I'm a small-town kid really. I've grown up in Snohomish. But I like big cities and feel comfortable there."

After his visit to UCLA he said he could see himself fitting in there well. "I see the potential for playing time there. I played in ten pick-up games with their players and two of their incoming freshmen, Jordan Farmar and Josh Shipp. They're fun to play with and are very good basketball players. Coach Howland is a good guy. I really enjoy him, and he really knows what he's doing."

Brockman said he has a 3.3 GPA and scored a 930 on his SAT.


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