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Basketball Recruiting

2021's Brandin Podziemski discusses recent blue-blood offers

October 16, 2020

If you asked the average recruiting or basketball fan a few days ago about Brandin Podziemski, they’d ask questions, now he’s emerged into a popular recruit after landing offers from Kentucky and Kansas. The 6-foot-6 wing plays at St. John’s Northwestern Military Academy in Wisconsin and plays for Team Herro which is associated with Phenom Universe.

My first thoughts when I watched Podziemski, well I was very intrigued. His skillset is definitely comparable to Tyler Herro like everyone says but I mean I saw so much more than just a jump shot. His ability to get his teammates involved and the way he was able to score at all three-levels is exceptional.

He did indeed average 27.5 points per game this past season and his trainer DJ Mlachnik says that Podziemski has been in the gym around 5:30 in the morning and about four-five days a week. He also added that Podziemski has been doing an excellent job in leading his team during these workouts as well.

Now, I got the opportunity to talk with Podziemski and he dove into his recent blue blood offers and a lot more with

First thoughts on those Kentucky and Kansas offers, what exactly are they pitching?

Podziemski: “In terms of the pitches from Kentucky and Kansas they both just expressed how hard I play and how much I compete and how I have that chip on my shoulder all the time. They also just told me about their program and set it to me straight.”

With tons of new schools in pursuit, when are you thinking about a commitment timeline?

Podziemski: “I would like to commit when I feel is right and when my family feels that it is the right time. Right now committing is not on my mind. My main focus is just continuing to build relationships with the coaching staff and also get better every day.”

Now a college team-up with your AAU teammate Pat Baldwin Jr. is possible, have you guys talked about it?

Podziemski: “Me and Pat‘s relationship has definitely grown over the past few months. We like to talk and joke around and stuff but we haven’t really talked about teaming up or anything. I would love to team up with him he’s a great player, that’s why in my opinion he’s number one in the country.”

How’s your off-season been, your trainer says you’ve been in the gym early.

Podziemski: “Every day for five or six days of the week I get up at five [in the morning] and go work out at 5:30. I feel that by me doing that it has given me an advantage over all the other people that are around me. It’s something that all great players do and I wanna be great.”

Describe your game, are you hearing the Tyler Herro comparisons?

Podziemski: “In terms of describing my game, I feel that I can do anything a coach asks me to do but most importantly I play hard and I have that dog in me that not many people have. People like to make comparisons between Tyler Herro and myself but I’m Brandin Podziemski and I am here to write my own story.”

Has Tyler [Herro] been in touch with you at all?

Podziemski: “Yes I have. After I had gotten the offer from Kentucky, he followed me on Instagram and reached out and sent me a short message which meant a lot.”

And what kind of advice has he given you?

Podziemski: “Just to stay hungry and don’t worry about what all the doubters are going to say about me and just to continue to have that dog in me and keep chasing my dreams.”

Most consecutive three-pointers in a workout recently?

Podziemski: “I made 36 in a row a few weeks back.” 



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