Mundelein senior guard Ben Brust reopened his recruiting after de-committing from Iowa on Monday, and it didn't take long for other schools to begin seeking his services.
Brust, a 6-foot-2 guard, received 18 scholarship offers Monday, according to Rising Stars CEO Mike Weinstein, Brust's AAU coach. Weinstein said they were going to wait to name those schools, but he did divulge that the ACC, Big 10, Big 12, Big East and Pac-10 all were represented.
The new suitors, along with Iowa, are all expected to get a fair shot in Brust's recruitment.
"Iowa is in the mix, but he just has to see who else falls in that mix," Weinstein said. "The most important thing will be academics. Two, he can play fast or slow. I don't think that matters. I think Iowa's new system fits him perfectly. Ben wants to know that the coach wants him, knows his strengths and weaknesses, will help him get better and he'll be around good people, which is very important to him."
Brust released a prepared statement Monday.
"After much thought I've decided to re-open my recruitment," Brust wrote. "While I have enjoyed my initial conversations with [Iowa] Coach [Fran] McCaffery, I feel it is in my best interest to re-evaluate my options. I know the University of Iowa has a lot to offer, and I've enjoyed the times I've already been able to spend in Iowa City. Coach McCaffery and I are still getting to know each other, and we will continue the recruiting process. However, in order for me to explore my options, and do my due-dillegence [sic], I've requested to get a release from my letter of intent."
Brust, an ESPNChicago.com All-Area Team selection, averaged 25 points, six rebounds, five assists and three steals his senior season. He had five games of 40 or more points this season.
Scott Powers covers high school and college sports for ESPNChicago.com and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.