Lewis University Gets Its Big Man In 2017

By Roy & Harv Schmidt

October 19, 2016

9:00 A.M. CST

Lewis University's two foremost recruiting needs in 2017 were a shooter and a physical big man.  As has consistently been the case in the past, there was absolutely no reason to panic if you're a Flyers fan.  That is because they have now succeeded in landing both, as 6'7 2017 power forward Brandon McCombs committed to head coach Scott Trost this morning.

McCombs chose the Flyers over offers from several other D2 programs.  But make no mistake about it--the fact that Lewis was on him the longest and the hardest proved to be the difference.  In addition, McCombs was also won over by the combination of Lewis' strong academics and the opportunity for immediate playing time at a program that knows how to win.

McCombs had an impressive spring and summer showing on the travel team circuit with the Illinois Irish.  In fact, he turned in solid enough performances and showed a versatile enough skill set to lead us to believe that he could have been recruitable at the low D1 level (http://ilprepbullseye.com/Next_Level_Recap.html).

Both Trost and assistant coach John Spruance tracked McCombs repeatedly throughout the July Evaluation Period,including at the Next Level Invitational and Summer Jam, both presented by NY2LA Sports.  The Flyers came forward with a scholarship offer at the end of July.

McCombs is a physically powerful front court performer.  He is consistently productive around the basket and goes to war game in and game out.  Not only that, but McCombs also proved that he can step out and knock down mid-range jumpers in addition to mixing it up underneath.  

With McCombs now in the fold, he becomes the second commitment in the 2017 class for Trost and the Flyers.  He joins 6'2 2-guard Marco Pettinato of Lincoln-Way West High School in New Lenox, IL, who came off the board at the beginning of August. 

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