July 10, 2009

Brust nearly pulls out victory

Deerfield, IL -Ben Brust and his Rising Stars teammates were a little rusty out of the gate and that cost them in the end. The Rising Stars 17's Gold team had not played together since participating in AAU events in April and fell behind to a talented Team Stat squad from Florida. They caught up, but eventually dropped a close contest in overtime.

"It was definitely different because we have all been playing our own high school stuff in June and this was our first time together in July. Plus we haven't played together since April, so I think we got out of the gate kind of slow," Brust said.

"I think in the second half we got it going a little better with our passing and teamwork. We got them at the end, but then we couldn't get it done in overtime."

The rally was capped late in the 2nd half with the 6-foot-2 guard from the Chicago area receiving a pass on the wing and tying the game at 60 with just 16 seconds left in regulation.

"I knew it was going in when I let it go," he said with a smile. "Those are the type of situations that I live for as a competitor. I love playing in these type of games. The level of competition is just tremendous."

That was as close as the Rising Stars would get, losing 64-60 in overtime in the final game of the evening at the Joy of the Game complex in Deerfield, IL.

Brust had been nursing a sprained ankle in the past few weeks, but he said after the game that his ankle felt fine tonight and he was comfortable wearing a pair of new braces on his feet.

One thing is for sure, Brust is more relaxed with this college choice behind him. Brust recently picked Iowa over Northwestern, Stanford, Butler, and several other schools and he can now focus on basketball and improving his skills without having to worry about future college visits.

Brust's commitment to the Hawkeyes was followed one day later by Roy Marble Jr. joining him in the Class of 2010. The two future Hawkeyes actually had a chance to speak with each other before Marble Jr. picked Iowa.

"Roy had messaged me on Facebook after I had committed and then I talked to him the next morning and he congratulated me on being a Hawkeye. Later on in the day I found out that he committed and I felt kind of dumb because I didn't know that he had committed, but he told me he did it after we spoke. I am really happy that he is on board with me."

He has now turned his recruiting sights on Zach McCabe, who played on the same court that Brust did in the game before the Rising Stars took the floor. Brust took some time to watch McCabe and his All Iowa Attack teammates face off with Mac Irvin Fire.

"I got to see him play a little bit before we played, but it was really packed around the court. He is a real good athlete and from what I have heard he is a very good basketball and football player."

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