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The University of Virginia hopes that DeSmet Jesuit (St. Louis, MO) center John Brandenburg can be an answer to its low post needs next season, and this opportunity was one reason why the 6-11, 235-pound senior signed a letter of intent with the Cavaliers in November. Brandenburg, rated a 4-star prospect by Rivals.com and Scout.com, chose Virginia over Stanford, Missouri and Wisconsin, among others. And he is the latest subject of “Q&A.”
Brandenburg suffered through an injury-plagued junior season, but he rebounded with a promising season on the AAU circuit and has played solidly in his senior season. Though 20 games, the talented big man is averaging 11.6 points, 6.4 rebounds and 2.1 blocks per game. In last Friday’s win, Brandenburg only scored eight points but had eight blocks in a 50-33 win over Hazelwood Central. He scored 16 points on 8-10 shooting in the previous game, a 60-42 win over previously unbeaten Parkway South.
Brandenburg has helped DeSmet rattled off four straight victories and the team is now 12-8 heading into tonight’s contest versus Borgia.
Q&A with John Brandenburg
TheSabre.com: Can you reflect a little bit on the recruiting process?
John Brandenburg : “At first, it is crazy. So many schools come at you. In the end, a big part for me was academics. That is why I narrowed it to Stanford and Virginia. It just came down to which basketball program I liked the best. I would go from leaning to one school to leaning to the other. It was crazy. I’m really happy with the way I chose my school and the choice I made.”
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