Back on the Radar

After Madison Memorial guard Vander Blue decided to reopen his recruiting process over a month ago, the Wisconsin coaching staff have started to reopen the lines of communication with other 2010 prospects once on their radar, like Illinois combo guard Ben Brust.

MADISON - Mundelein High School star combo guard Ben Brust is once again receiving interest from the Wisconsin Badger basketball program.

Brust, a 6-2 guard from Mundelein (Ill.) is blessed with a sweet stroke from the perimeter, passion on the court and solid athleticism. Although Brust was limited to just 18 games with a broken ankle, he still managed to average 29 points five rebounds and four assists per game.

The Badgers originally showed interest in Brust while he was a high school underclassman, but that interest disappeared after the commitment of Vander Blue and consequently the last available scholarship for the class of 2010. However, with Vander Blue re-opening his recruitment, assistant coach Howard Moore and the Badgers have again expressed interest in the combo guard.

"I went to their elite camp two summers ago and got to go to an open gym," Brust told Badger Nation. "I also went to a football game my sophomore year but then Vander Blue committed. Then about a month ago Howard Moore called and got in touch with me again."

Brust appeared to have a favorable opinion of the Badgers and particularly enjoyed his experience at the Badger football game.

"I like what the basketball program has done recently and Madison is a really cool college town," he said. "I also like the facilities that they have even the practice facility (Nicholas-Johnson Pavilion) for the team. I also really liked the atmosphere at the football game and with the football team."

Although Brust does not have any additional planned visits to Madison, he will be visiting Iowa and Virginia and just got back from a visit to Butler. In terms of his recruitment, other than the Badgers, Brust is receiving the strongest interest from Iowa, Butler, Northwestern, Stanford and Virginia.

Brust has offers from Butler, Davidson, Green Bay, Loyola-Chicago, Milwaukee and Valparaiso.

Overall, Brust appears to have a strong passion for the game and will be looking for a program that can provide a well rounded experience for him over the course of his college career.

"I am just looking for the right fit," Brust said. "I am going to be at that school for four years, so I want to have a positive experience on and off the court."

In regards to what he brings, Brust adds, "I am a high motor guy who loves the game and wants to win, I set guys up, I can score, basically just do whatever it takes to win."

Aside from recruiting, Brust is enjoying a great deal of success with the talented Rising Stars AAU team and will be playing in AAU tournaments with them in July, including a 10-day tournament and stay in Orlando. Additionally, Brust will be attending both the Loyola and Illinois team camps during the summer.

With his Rising Stars AAU team possessing a bevy of talent and a trustworthy circle of people around him, Brust seems to be comfortable with the path his recruitment has taken and open to the idea of possibly playing with some of his AAU teammates at the next level.

On his support network, Brust said, "all of your family always helps you out and I definitely trust them as well as my AAU coach, my high school coach and my trainer, but in the end, it comes down to what I feel is best . . . I would definitely be open to playing with them (AAU teammates) and if it happens it happens -- and I would love it because we are all friends."


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