May 29, 2009

Brust planning two extended visits

For many college basketball prospects, the month of June means getting on the road and visiting various campuses as they move closer to making a final decision on their college choice. That is exactly what 2010 hoops prospect Ben Brust will be doing next month with trips scheduled to two schools that are very familiar with each other, Iowa and Butler.

"I am planning on going to Butler and Iowa and spending a couple of days at each school," Brust said. "I was supposed to go this Butler this weekend, but that didn't work out. I am headed there either next weekend or the following weekend. Then I am planning to go to Iowa on June 8th and spend a few days with Cully Payne."

With Iowa coach Todd Lickliter having coached at Butler and being succeed by former assistant Brad Stevens, there are similarities in style of play. But, Brust will be looking at each program more deeply in the next few weeks.

"There are different things with each of them, but their systems are very similar. The schools are very different with Butler having about four thousand students and Iowa with a much larger campus. I have to figure out which school fits me best, so I have some searching to do," Brust said.

The senior to be from Mundelein, IL holds six scholarship offers, but three schools stand out at this point in the process; Iowa, Butler, and Northwestern. Do the impending visits mean that he could commit in the next month?

"It is a possibility. I am not saying that I am going to make a decision this month, but if I do, it will be before July. If not, I will play in July and see if any other offers pop up."

This past season, the 6-foot-2 combo guard averaged 29 points a game before sustaining a broken ankle. Brust is rounding back into shape this spring and after competing in the prestigious Tournament of Champions AAU event in North Carolina this past weekend, he feels like his game is rounding back into shape.

"Physically, I am play and run and feel pretty good. As far as timing, it's not all the way there yet. I'm going to play with my high school team this month and try to get some rhythm back. It is definitely hard to not play for three months and then jump back in there against the top players in the country," Brust said.

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