According to Mt. Zion (N.C.) Academy head coach Antonio Fozard, Brandon Rush has stepped up his game in the past couple weeks. Coach Fozard also indicated that Rush, a 6-foot-6, 202-pound small forward, is now turning his attention to the college game now that he has achieved a qualifying SAT score and has had less than a spectacular year under the gaze of NBA scouts. As early as next week, Rush should have some official visits scheduled.
"Brandon got what he needed on the SAT, so we are going to start working on scheduling some visits when we get off the road and back home," said Coach Fozard. "Hopefully we will have some visits lined up by Monday or Tuesday of next week."
Averaging 21 points, 6 rebounds, 4 blocks and 3 assists per game this year for the 18-4 Mt. Zion squad, Rush is playing his best ball of the year right now . While at one point it looked like Rush was dead set on a jump straight to the NBA, the schools that recruited him nonetheless are now in a position to land one of the top prospects in the country, since his draft stock has fallen.
"Illinois, UNLV, Arkansas, Oklahoma and possibly Florida State could get visits," said Fozard. "Those are the schools that are recruiting Brandon the hardest."
Rush, who is the No. 4 ranked player in the Rivals150, has tremendous athleticism, but needs to get stronger and learn to give a consistent effort. He gets the ball to the basket and is a dangerous offensive rebounder. His passing and the consistency of his jumper have room for improvement. Playing in college would certainly aid the development of his game.