Vondrae Tostenson knows he has a decision to make. Lucky enough for him, time is on his side. The class of 2009 prospect from Creighton Prep in Omaha, Neb., opened some eyes at the Jayhawk Invitational earlier in the summer and played well in spurts at the adidas Phenom150 camp last weekend in San Diego. Rivals.com caught up with the 6-foot-5 forward and discussed his future plans.
Tostenson received strong reviews after helping his KC Select 15 and under team win the Jayhawk Invitational. His trip west to the adidas Phenom150 camp didn't have the results he may have wanted but there were times when he showed promise by using his physically mature frame to power to the bucket and rebound with the big boys under the cup.
"I can see myself as a mismatch nightmare for other coaches," Tostenson said.
And that goes for basketball and football. Tostenson fits the mold of the new big, athletic wide receiver that the elite high-majors are targeting on the gridiron. After making the move from quarterback to receiver, Tostenson made a huge splash as a wideout.
He set a school record by catching nine passes for 210 yards. Not bad considering Gale Sayers and Ahman Green both graduated from the same school.
Picking a sport won't be an easy decision, he said.
"It depends on how much better I get in basketball and how much better I get in football. I'll probably decide by my junior year," Tostenson said. "I'm going to sit down with my parents and my coaches, basketball and football, and see what option is going to be best for me to succeed in which sport.
"Basketball has always been my favorite but a lot of people tell me that I'm better in football. A lot of people tell me I'm better in basketball. I don't listen to it but I know it is going to be hard to pick."
Tostenson has interest from a number of high-major programs for both sports.
All of the schools in the Big 12 are sending letters. I've been hearing from Florida. I actually played at their camp (two weeks ago). Florida State and Miami, too," Tostenson said.
He added that Nebraska, Kansas and Kansas State are the most aggressive with the letters early in the process.
"I've been talking to different coaches and different players, just seeing how they liked playing at those schools," he said.
"I think I'm just going to play one. I don't know why I want to just play one but I've talked to a lot of guys at Nebraska and Kansas and they said it was real hard to play both. I might go try it but right now I'm thinking just one."
Tostenson plays with talented KC Select 15 and under and will participate in the AAU Nationals in Detroit in July. He said his only other trip is a possible stop at the 5-star camp.