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The John Brandenburg wait is finally over, and the news is very good for the University of Virginia. Earlier this evening, the 6-11, 235-pound senior verbally committed to UVa, choosing the Cavaliers over Stanford. Rated a 4-star prospect by Rivals.com and Scout.com, Brandenburg also boasted scholarship offers from Florida, Missouri and Wisconsin, among others.
“I called [UVa] Coach [Dave] Leitao just this evening and told him,” Brandenburg said.
Brandenburg’s decision did not come easy. In late July, he narrowed his list to Virginia and Stanford. The original plan was to make a decision after an August unofficial visit to Stanford and a September official visit to UVa. But making a choice between the two proved to be difficult and the senior big man decided to make one more trip – an official visit to Stanford – before committing.
Brandenburg’s second trip to Stanford took place on the final weekend in September. On Tuesday of this week, he finally made a decision between his two finalists.
“It was such a long process,” said Brandenburg, who will sign with Virginia next month. “It got to go to each school twice. I visited Virginia after the NBPA Camp in June and for an official visit, and I went to Stanford for an unofficial visit and an official visit. After every visit, I would feel great about the school I just visited. There was a lot of emotion involved after those visits, so I really wanted to wait a while to make a decision. I wanted to make sure I was making my decision on facts.
“It was hard. I’d wake up one morning and it was Stanford. The next morning, it would be all Virginia. I had to decide what I wanted most in the college I chose and then figure out which school had that. Last week, it kept hitting me that Virginia was where I wanted to go. It was important to me to wait a couple of days to make sure this is what I wanted. My family and close friends knew about it. I pretty much decided...
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