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Options aplenty for big time Canadian scorer Ignas Brazdeikis

Ignas Brazdeikis
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EMERSON, Ga. -- One of the best high school basketball prospects in the class of 2018, skilled forward Ignas Brazdeikis, has two decisions to make. What school to attend and whether or not to enroll with the class of 2018 or early as a 2017 prospect.

Because of his current academic standing, both 2017 and 2018 are in play for the standout at Orangeville Prep in Canada, but after exploring things, it's looking like he won't hurry an enrollment.

"I'm leaning towards 2018 right now for sure," Brazdeikis told Rivals.com. "I'm always going to leave that (2017) option open but I'm definitely leaning towards 2018."

That he will likely take his time means that programs all over will have more time to recruit Brazdeikis, who lists an impressive group of high major programs.

"Schools like UConn, Florida, Michigan, SMU, Vanderbilt and Baylor just to name a few," says Brazdeikis of the programs that have offered. "Washington is in the mix as well with Oklahoma.

"I've been to Michigan for an unofficial, Pittsburgh too, Vanderbilt and Cincinnati."

With good size, athleticism and strength, Brazdeikis can play as a stretch four or a big wing, making him an ideal fit for the move towards positionless basketball. After getting a taste for big-time basketball last year, he's been tearing up Nike's EYBL averaging 23.3 points and 7.9 rebounds per contest for the CIA Bounce.

"I feel like I've gotten a lot better over the year," said Brazdeikis. "I feel like last year I learned about the pace and physicality of the game. This year I got a lot more muscle and I feel like I can dominate."

With plenty of good programs in play and options for when he will enroll in school, Brazdeikis says that no decision will be made until at least after the summer.

"I'm thinking after the summer probably," said Brazdeikis of a timeline for making his next move. "When things clear up a little bit and all of the excitement and stuff settles down.

"I'm not at that point yet."