Costner Talks About UCLA Visit

The #19-ranked player in the country, <b>Brandon Costner</b>, took his first official visit last weekend -- to UCLA. He talks about the trip and how he sees his recruitment going leading up to signing day in November...

Brandon Costner, the 6-8 junior power forward from West Orange (N.J.) Seton Hall Prep, the #19 player in the country, provided us some thoughts on his official visit to UCLA this last weekend.

"It went pretty well. They treated me good. It's a great place, with a great campus. There isn't much not to like. My family enjoyed it a lot," Costner said. Costner said one of the highlights of his visit was his family having breakfast with John Wooden. "My family really enjoyed that."

Did the visit change his impression of UCLA at all? Costner said, "No, not really. I liked them before and I still like them. Coach (Ben) Howland is a good coach. The weather was, of course, nice. I met (UCLA incoming freshmen) Jordan Farmar and Josh Shipp, which was good. I like their players and their coaching staff."

When asked for a list of favorites, Costner said he wouldn't be able to provide one. But he did say he'd probably like to take official visits to Kansas, Indiana and Michigan. He then added that he also liked Connecticut, Seton Hall and North Carolina State.

Costner said he wouldn't take any other trips in spring, but wait to schedule the visits for fall. "I just don't really have the time to take any more visits before July," he said. "I'll wait until fall, and then I'll probably take until November to decide."

Using his official trips to visit schools that are far away from his home in New Jersey, Costner said that he wouldn't have a problem going away to school. "I don't really have a problem leaving home. For my parents, it wouldn't bother them. I can go wherever I want."

He said that there wasn't a list of factors that would be big in his decision. "It will probably be more about where I feel comfortable. I'll go on how I feel."

Costner said he maintains a 3.4 GPA and scored a 990 on his SAT. "But I'm taking it again because I wasn't happy with that score," he said.

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