Seven Schools Working Hardest for 2018 Ignas Brazdeikis

Ignas Brazdeikis Schools Rivals

Ignas Brazdeikis, the 6-foot-8 shooting guard from Orangeville (ON) Prep, told D1VISION on Wednesday that Michigan, Florida, Vanderbilt, UConn, Illinois, Virginia Tech, and SMU are the schools working the hardest for his recruitment. He broke down each school:

Michigan: “I like their style of play and have a great connection with the coaching staff.  I took an unofficial visit last year and I loved the facility and crowd.” 

Florida: “I love their facilities and I also have a great connection with the coaching staff. Great weather and a great environment.”

Vanderbilt: “I took an unofficial to Vandy earlier this year (Mar. 4)  as well and it was really good. Nashville is a great city and the gym is super unique. Great culture and fan support.”

UConn: “They have great coaches. I love how much they talk about player development and how much I can get better.”

Illinois: “They focus on the opportunity to be an impact player immediately. I talk to the coaching staff often, so our relationship is continually building.”

Virginia Tech: “They have great coaches and they stress the importance of hard work, which is very appealing to me because I’m a hard worker. Plus, they’ve recruited other Canadians before which is nice, knowing there is some Canadian connection there.”

SMU: “I like their style of play and the way they use their wings. I could see myself playing under a system like that.”

When it comes to making a decision, Brazdeikis has a clear idea of what he’s looking for in a school, as he said, “When it comes to high majors they all tend to have the same benefits such as great facilities and great cities. The college experience, as a student, matters but what matters most to me is the relationships I build with coaches. I want to get to know the personalities. Style of play will also be huge in my decision.”

Brazdeikis says he doesn’t have a timetable yet for his commitment but as he said, “winter is my best guess right now.”

Playing on the Nike EYBL Circuit with CIA Bounce, Brazdeikis averaged 22.4 points, 7.5 rebounds, and 2.3 assists per game, in 15 regular season games. In five games at Peach Jam, Brazdeikis averaged 17.4 points, 7.0 rebounds, and 1.8 assists.

Brazdeikis was originally considering reclassifying to the 2017 class but ultimately opted to stay in the 2018 class. In addition to the seven schools named, he also mentioned Baylor as a school working hard for his recruitment.

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