August 15, 2008

CSU offers Richmond forward

Douglas Freeman High School in Richmond, VA will feature three NCAA Division I basketball prospects this year including 6'7" forward Josh Brinkley who holds several offers from east coast schools as well as Colorado State.

Last season Brinkley averaged 15.8 points, seven rebounds and three assists for Freeman, where he was joined by Larry Giles and Jay Eastman, who also hold multiple scholarship offers. Last year the trio led Freeman to a 17-6 mark and a first round loss in the Regional Tournament.

Over the past season, Brinkley has played mostly inside, but has enjoyed playing the wing as a member of the Petersburg Elite AAU team. The results have also been impressive for the Petersburg squad as they posted a tournament win in Myrtle Beach and a top-16 finish in another tourney in Las Vegas.

"Actually, I like it (playing the three) better than playing the four. I feel like I can do more with my game than just lay-ups and rebounding," Brinkley said.

This summer Brinkley's stock has risen as he now holds scholarship offers from Delaware, Mount Saint Mary's, Robert Morris, Hampton, Quinnipac, Charleston Southern, South Carolina State and CSU.

"I'm looking for somewhere I can fit in," Brinkley said. "I would like to play the three in college. I like to get up-and-down the court and push the ball and drive."

Brinkley added he would also like to major in Physical Education.

This week Brinkley is visiting Hampton University and will visit Quinnipac the first week in September. Right now, Brinkley is looking for other schools to take official visits. Colorado State is sticking out to Brinkley currently who lists his top three as Delaware, Hampton and CSU. While Colorado is the only school off the eastern seaboard to offer a scholarship thus far, Brinkley said distance from home won't be a deciding factor for his college choice.

"I talked to Coach Slocum. I don't know too much about the school but it sounds interesting and somewhere I might want to go," Brinkley said.

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