2006 Post Prospect Andreas Schreiber

The 6-8 high school junior-to-be from Sweden, <b>Andreas Schreiber</b>, has only been in Southern California for a short time, but he has some connections...

Andreas Schreiber, the 6-8 rising junior who will play at Los Angeles (Calif.) Brentwood School next year, participated in UCLA's basketball camp last week and is a prospect with a chance.

Being from Sweden, he does have some European influences, namely being very skilled compared to others of his height and age. Among the big men in the 2006 class in the west he perhaps has the best form on his jump shot. He has a very good body, with very big, squared shoulders, easily capable of adding good weight (he says he weighs 205 right now). His long arms and good athleticism enable him to be effective around the basket. He just needs to shake off some of the European finesse game and learn how to bang the American way and Schreiber very well could end up being good enough for UCLA to recruit.

Playing college ball in the U.S. would be an interesting ultimate destination for Schreiber since he started out in the States. "I was born here and moved to Sweden when I was two years old," he said. "My mom is Swedish. She's the equivalent of a biologist and my dad is a English professor. So, I grew up in Sweden, but knew I wanted to play basketball in the States."

Schreiber's high school coach in Sweden is a man named Arild Beck, who, like Schreiber, grew up in the U.S. but settled in Sweden. Beck, luck would have it, also is a longtime friend of UCLA head coach Ben Howland, the two having gone to the same high school. A few years ago, Beck told Howland about Schreiber, and Schreiber had come to the U.S. a few times for basketball camps. He became a friend of the Howland family, and befriended Howland's son, Adam. ""I knew I always wanted to come back to the U.S.," Schreiber said. "It was a natural thing for me to come to Southern California again, since that's where I was from to begin with. So, I came about a month or so ago. I've now been friends with Adam for a while, so it was a natural thing to go to Brentwood."

It's also very natural since Brentwood is a very good academic school and Schreiber is a very academic kid. "I don't know what my GPA would translate to in the U.S., but I was told it would be about a 3.9. I did very well in school in Sweden and my parents are very academic-minded."

So, when asked if there were any U.S. colleges he preferred early on, his answer was fairly predicable. "UCLA and Stanford," he said. "They're both great academic schools and have great basketball traditions. Being at UCLA for the camp, well, the campus is perfect. And Stanford's education you can't beat."

Schreiber conceded that this is all very new to him and he didn't actually know that much about colleges and their basketball programs. "If I do get recruited, then I'll really start looking into the schools and what they have to offer, mostly academically."

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