One of the top 2018 Canadian basketball prospects visited Pitt this weekend. Ultra athletic scoring wing Ignas ‘Iggy’ Brazdeikis (6-foot-7-inches, 210 pounds) from Orangeville Prep in Mono, ON took his first unofficial visit to Pittsburgh.
“I probably started talking with Pitt about a month ago. I first spoke with assistant Tom Richardson and they told me they were going to start recruiting me,” said Brazdiekis. “The following week he came up to watch me practice. He evaluated me and said they were going to offer me a scholarship. The same weekend we had a tournament in Rhode Island and one of the coaches came to see me play. They liked what they saw. Soon after Coach Stalling and coach Richardson came to my practice and that’s when things became more serious.”
“We woke up really early Saturday morning and came up for the game,” he said. “It was a great visit. I enjoyed watching the game and the environment was really incredible. The crowd was super pumped up, especially the student section. The arena was packed. I got to see the practice facility, the locker room and the weight room. It was all really good.”
“I enjoyed getting to know Coach Stallings and Coach Richardson more. They are really great people. They are really easy to talk to. Overall it was a great visit. The campus and the city were both impressive. The whole visit was just really cool and I really enjoyed it.”
Brazdeikis exploded onto the scene after eye opening performances on Nike’s EYBL circuit. Known as a player that shoots with range and plays with toughness, he has attracted the attention of a number of mid to upper major programs including Pitt, Vanderbilt, Baylor and Memphis.
With Brazdiekis, it appears Stallings and staff are attempting to develop a pipeline from Canada to Pitt. They have already added 2017 Canadians Shamiel Stevenson and Marcus Carr and Brazdeikis was already familiar with the pair of future Panthers. “Shamiel and I went to the same high school back when I was in 9th grade and he was in 10th grade. Marcus and I have played on the same team on several occasions, “he said. “At one time Marcus and I played on the same AAU team and we have played together at camps in Canada. I know both Shamiel and Marcus very well.”
When asked about his strengths on the basketball court, Iggy responded, “I’m definitely a scorer. It’s what I enjoy doing the most. I bring a lot of offensive threats to the team. I can score in multiple ways. I can shoot from the perimeter, take guys down low, slash and create for others. Offensively, I’m at my best. Defensively, I’m a tall wing that can play defense against multiple positions. I’m a strong rebounder as well.”
Pitt seems to have made a very strong initial impression on Brazdeikis. He will complete an unofficial visit to Vanderbilt next weekend.
“I had a great visit. It as much Pitt itself, it was getting to know everyone there. The coaching staff was great. Everyone was so welcoming,” he said. “It was just a great experience. Getting to know them more and taking in the fans and the environment, it was great to learn about what Pitt was all about and they go to learn what I’m all about.”