February 24, 2012

Two Ohioans Have Rocket Offers

With the 2011-2012 season winding down, the Toledo coaching staff will soon turn its efforts off the court to recruiting. TheRocketNation.com caught up with two local 2013 prospects.

Vitto Brown 6-foot-7, 215 pound forward (Bowling Green High School) Bowling Green, OH
Even though Vitto Brown grew up in Bowling Green, he said he remembers attending Toledo games as a kid.

Brown still follows the program and reportedly has an offer from the Rockets.

"I know they got a new head coach, Tod Kowalczyk," Brown said. "They've got a real nice coaching staff over there."

Brown also has reported offers from MAC schools including Bowling Green, Central Michigan, and Kent State. Boston University has also offered the 3-star recruit.

While Brown is looking for a school where he can play right away, he also is focused on what his potential schools have to offer academically.

"I'm looking for a place where I can get a good education and where I can make an impact on the team."

At 6-foot-7, Brown has the size to play down low or on the wing.

"I can bring aggression: a scorer, an all-around player," Brown said. "I can get assists, rebounds, blocks, points. I can bring an IQ to the game too. I have a real good basketball IQ."

While only a junior at Bowling Green High School, Brown knows he can improve his "overall basketball game: going to the basket hard and dunking."

Brown says he is averaging 20 points, 12 rebounds and 6 blocks a game for the Bobcats, who are 10-9 on the season. The season hasn't been the best for Bowling Green, but they still have the postseason to look forward to.

"We want to make it out of the sectionals," Brown said. "It's been about three years that we haven't made it past the first round. We had some great seasons but didn't make it in the postseason, so I just want to make it past there and into the districts."

Zach Garber 6-foot-9, 225 pound forward (Vanlue High School) Vanlue, OH
Zach Garber is an emerging big man who has several offers from Ohio schools including Toledo.

"They're on the rise," Garber said of the Rockets. "They're getting a lot better. I like the things that coaching staff is doing, bringing in young players that are changing things."

Garber also has reported offers from Kent State, Ohio University, Wright State and James Madison.

With four schools from Ohio on his list, Garber says staying in state has its advantages, but he's not limiting his search to Ohio.

"It's not my main focus, but it would be nice to have my family come watch me," Garber said.

Aside from his five school list, Garber said he recently has talked to Big Ten schools Minnesota, Nebraska and Penn State.

Garber said he is looking for "some place I fit in, that I like: the playing style, the coaches and the environment. "

Versatility is one of the strengths of Garber's game.

"I'm a big man that can do more than just play inside," he said. "I can bring rebounding and things like that."

Before playing college ball, Garber said he would like to extend the range on his shot and improve his general shooting ability.

Garber and Vanlue are in the midst of a great season with a 17-2 record.

"It's been pretty good," Garber said. "We still have a chance to make something special happen in the tournament, so that's pretty exciting."

The farthest a Vanlue team has advanced in the tournament is to Regionals, so Garber is trying to match or even exceed that this year.

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