By Joe Henricksen
Just recently there was some wonder as to what happened to Notre Dame in regard to the recruitment of a couple of Chicago area prospects in Mundelein's Ben Brust and New Trier's Alex Rossi. After some early interest from coach Mike Brey and his staff, it had been very quiet on the recruiting front for the two north suburban stars in recent weeks.
Put that wonder to rest as the Irish offered Rossi Tuesday night, according to coach Mike Weinstein of the Rising Stars program, and will continue to keep a close eye on Brust this summer. The two players from the Rising Stars program are two of the hottest names in Illinois prep basketball recruiting. And the Hoops Report expects Brust, the No. 5 rated player in the Class of 2010, to add more interest once he shows he's completely healed and better than ever from his injury this past winter.
"Minnesota, Auburn and Missouri have started to get involved with Ben," says Weinstein, "especially Minnesota."
What is interesting is how many of the same schools are recruiting both Brust and Rossi.
"I am hearing more and more from college coaches who are saying they are wanting kids with grades, good, quality kids who can play," says Weinstein.
Notre Dame, California, Stanford, Virginia, Northwestern and a host of others are interested in one or both of the junior guards. There are a couple of schools that would be interested in taking both Brust and Rossi together. Despite both being 2-guards, they are different type of players, with Rossi as the dead-on, spot-up shooter who will extend defenses and Brust a more versatile offensive threat.
How heavily watched is the Rising Stars Gold team going to be this July, with Brust, Rossi, DeKalb big man Jordan Threloff and Champaign Centennial's Rayvonte Rice.
Dragicevich leaves Wolves
In an AAU note of interest, Glenbrook North junior standout Alex Dragicevich has left the Illinois Wolves program. Dragicevich, one of the top 15 players in the Hoops Report's Class of 2010 player rankings, is rumored to be heading to the Chicago Elite team, where Foreman star Lavonte Dority is currently playing.