So when Chance Carter had the opportunity to bring two people with him to the Notre Dame-Michigan football game earlier this fall, Carter invited his AAU basketball coach and Ben Brust.
“I got to look at the campus and I liked the campus,” the 6-foot-2, 175-pound Brust said. Football recruit C.J. Fiedorowicz also made the trip. “There is a good rich history. I got a good feeling out there.”
College basketball programs have a good feeling about Brust, a class-of-2010 recruit out of Mundelein (Ill.) Cons High, as well. After averaging 17 points and five rebounds per game as a sophomore, Brust has racked up 10 scholarship offers from places like Butler, Davidson, Southern Illinois, Bradley and Valparaiso.
“I never expected to have this many offers at this age,” Brust said.
There will likely be more to come.
Brust is also hearing from Washington State, Stanford, Northwestern and the Irish.
“I’m excited about the fact that Notre Dame is recruiting me,” Brust stated. He gets regular emails from the Notre Dame coaching staff, and talks once a month on the phone with assistant Sean Kearney.
“I’ve heard good things about coach (Mike) Brey, and they had a good season last year, and I’m looking forward to watching them this year. And I also like Kyle McAlarney. He is like me, 6-1, 6-2, and can just shoot the crap out of it. He does some things that I can compare myself too.”
Brust also visited Notre Dame’s campus last basketball season for the DePaul game.
After helping lead Mundelein to the Regional Championship game last season, Brust slides over to point guard.
“Truthfully, I’m not a true point guard,” Brust began. “If you give me the ball, I can play point guard, but I’m more comfortable coming off screens, creating and being a scorer.”
College programs are recruiting Brust as a combo guard.
“I’m kind of just constantly moving, getting after it and playing hard. Just the love for the game thing. You can tell that I just want to play all the time.”
Brust has a 3.5 GPA, and isn’t sure when he’ll be making a college decision. He just knows it won’t be anytime soon.
“I want to go somewhere I’m wanted,” Brust said. “I don’t want to go somewhere I have a chance, I want to be wanted. I want to like the system they play, that’s going to fit me. Also, just the players, the coaches, a little bit of everything.”
Brust and Carter have been on the same AAU team since sixth grade. The two have never gone to school together, but that could change if both end up deciding on Notre Dame.
“That would be nice,” Brust said. He went and attended a couple of Carter’s football games this fall. “It would definitely be nice to go to school with him.”