Wolfpack lands 7-foot Australian center
Posted April 27, 2009
Updated April 28, 2009
Australian 7-footer Jordan Vandenberg, a player N.C. State made a priority this spring, has reached a decision.
N.C. State has landed a commitment from Vandenberg to join the class of 2013. He will enroll in the fall.
"It wasn't an easy decision, but I have decided to attend North Carolina State," Vandenberg told PackPride.com. "Academically, I felt like it was a great fit and I will have a chance to play in the best conference in college basketball.
"I finalized my decision around 2 a.m. I was struggling with it but it came to me so I called [N.C. State assistant coach Pete] Strickland to let him know. I also spoke with coach Lowe and they were all very happy."
Vandenberg informed PackPride.com of his decision on Thursday but wanted to notify all coaches before releasing his commitment.
He picked N.C. State after considering USC, Utah Valley, Nevada and Boise State among others.
Checking in at 7 feet and 230 pounds, Vandenberg feels that he brings a lot to the table but admits he can still improve as a player.
"I'm left-handed, but I can score with either hand in the paint," he said. "I also feel like I have good post moves and can score out to 10 feet. The things I do well are use both hands around the basket, and I am a good shot-blocker and can change shots.
"I do need to get stronger and do that quickly. That is what I need to improve the most. I know I'll need to be stronger to play consistently against big men who are 20 or 30 pounds heavier than me. I can also improve my off-the-dribble shots and add more variety in the post."
Vandenberg hails from Melbourne, Australia, and spent a year at the Australia Institute of Sport. He is fully qualified and will be N.C. State's fifth signee in the 2009 recruiting class, joining guard Lorenzo Brown, guard Scott Wood, forward Josh Davis and forward Richard Howell.