Wednesday, April 29, 2009

OUTBACK STEAKHOUSE ALL-AMERICAN HEADED TO N.C.STATE

Since UNC and Duke seems to have the market on McDonald’s All-Americans cornered, Sidney Lowe and N.C. State have branched out into the international market.

The Wolfpack’s newest recruit is Jordan Vandenberg, a native of Australia who grew up in Melbourne. Although he has never played a game in the U.S. he has some expeience “up over” playing in pick-up games at the University of Nevada Reno and at Boise State.

Vanderberg brings a number of important items on his resume starting with simple fact that he’s 7-feet tall. The 235 pounder exchanged some email with the Raleigh N&R this week.

“[The ACC] is said to be the hardest competition in college basketball and it is always fierce, fast and strong,” Vandenberg said.

The opportunity to play in the league is one of the things that made State attractive to him, he said.

But to play in the ACC, Vandenberg knows he needs to gain weight. He hopes to be able to contribute next season.

“I bring length so I would be able to change shots and rebound most importantly, and I know I will be playing limited minutes until I can fully hold my own physically,” he said.

Vandenberg chose State over Utah Valley, Boise State and Nevada-Reno.

State assistant coach Pete Strickland spotted Vandenberg during the center’s one year at the Australian Institute of Sport.

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