Brandenburg Ready to Play

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John Brandenburg plans to use the summer to get in shape for his freshman season.

Big man John Brandenburg is just ready to hit the court as a Cavalier.

“I’m really just looking forward to playing with the guys,” Brandenburg said, as he prepared to move to Charlottesville last week.

Having concluded his senior season at DeSmet Jesuit (St. Louis, MO), the 6-11, 235-pound center is finally ready to suit up.

After an injury plagued junior season, Brandenburg battled back and averaged 13.3 points a game in his senior season for DeSmet, leading the way to a 19-10 season.

Although he had a strong senior season, Brandenburg says he will focus on preparing physically for the transition to the faster collegiate game.

“The thing about college that I’m most nervous about is just getting physically ready and getting acclimated to the players and their tendencies and playing the role that coach wants me to play,” Brandenburg said.

Brandenburg, who realistically could battle for playing time as a freshman, plans to use the summer to put on weight and get in the best shape he can.

“I would like to put on a few pounds,” Brandenburg said. “I’m probably 230, but I’d like to start the season at 235.”

Summer preparation is essential for Brandenburg and the other new Cavaliers who will also be adjusting to a collegiate academic course-load soon.

While Brandenburg isn’t sure yet what he will major in, he isn’t taking any short cuts, planning course loads heavy in math and science.

“I’m taking statistics and micro-economics,” Brandenburg said. “I’m still thinking about physics or entering the McIntire School of Commerce.”

When Brandenburg finally does take the court for the Cavaliers, he has a chance to compete for playing time at center for coach Dave Leitao. If Tunji Soroye can’t secure a medical redshirt, then even more attention will be on Brandenburg