The No. 4 ranked player in the Rivals150 Brandon Rush has not given up on his desire to jump straight to the NBA, but the 6-foot-6, 202-pound small forward from Mt. Zion (N.C.) Academy is making plans for college if his draft stock is not high enough. At this point five schools are pursuing Rush, and two are expecting visits from him this spring.
"Georgetown, UNLV, Oklahoma, Wake Forest and Illinois are the five schools that are really recruiting Brandon right now," said Mt. Zion head coach Antonio Fozard. "He is still open and looking at options, but Oklahoma and UNLV are both planning to bring him in on a visit. That is what I know right now."
As to whether or not Rush bypasses college for the NBA depends on whether or not he is projected as a first round pick or not. If projected as a first round pick, which means a three year guaranteed contract, Rush will make the jump.
"The NBA scouts are saying he still has a chance to be a first round pick," said Fozard. "It depends on how he performs in the all star games and how he does in the workouts with the NBA people."
Rush, who is averaging 21 points per game this year, has had an up and down season this year but is playing stronger here of late according to Coach Fozard.
Over his career Rush's effort and attitude have come into question, but there is no denying his NBA athleticism and potential to have the skills of a scoring wing player in The League.