Sunday, April 26, 2009

G'DAY MATE!: Pack Lands 7'0 Aussie, Jordan Vandenberg


Sidney Lowe got the commitment that he sorely wanted. Seven foot center, Jordan Vandenberg has decided to run with the Pack in a signing that sures up a depleted front line that lost two of its starters (and leading scorers) in Costner and McCauley. We were told three days ago that the 7 footer made the decision to run with the Pack but the news had to be kept quiet until Jordan could reach all of the other schools to inform them.

NC State has been all over Vandenberg in what turned out to be a complicated recruitment of the Australian center who played his high school ball at AIS (Australian Institution of Sports), the same school that produced Australian All-Stars Luc Longley, Andrew Bogut, and Luke Schenscher. Smaller school promised Jordan the chance to the be go-to guy while NC State could only offer him a role off the bench as a freshman. However a role off the bench in the ACC is nothing to scoff at and with an open scholarship and a desperate need for some front court depth, NC State and Vandenberg are the perfect match. Jordan fits the Sidney Lowe model of bringing in high character kids. Just listen to the way big V describes himself: “Attempting to become Elite in All Aspects of life not just basketball, to develop a strong understanding on the Ingredients of Success.” Now does that sound like someone who’s got some drive or what?

The 7footer is tall and long, and although a little thin at 230, Vandenberg supposedly possess the skills to get up and down the floor and is a good finisher with more athleticism than you’d expect from someone of his size. The fact is, if you can land a 7 foot player that has any kind of athleticism what-so-ever, you sign him up. With the state that our frontcourt is in (having no real depth), this is a quality pick-up by Lowe and company. We’ll stay on this situation to bring you any more information that may break, but for now we’d like to welcome Jordan to the Wolfpack family and we look forward to watching him in the red and white.


**Check out these excerpt about Australian players and the AIS..
"While the size of the ball and the height of the hoop doesn't vary, the attraction to Australian basketball players lies in their maturity, according to Bennett. Much of their growth, both physically and mentally, stems from the time many of them spend at the Australian Institute of Sport."

"It's no wonder that more coaches are beginning to recruit more heavily from the Aussie nation, as a majority of the recruiting process has already been performed when coaches arrive to scout players from the AIS. The AIS selects the 14 best players from various provincial teams around the entire country and provides scholarships for them to attend the institute. There, players will work out up to three times a day, play up to 70 games per year, and visit five or six countries to play different national teams before they even turn 19."

Here is the rest of the article. We'd like to thank Jose, one of our loyal readers, for finding this article.
April 26, 2009

comments

22 Responses to "G'DAY MATE!: Pack Lands 7'0 Aussie, Jordan Vandenberg"
  1. Jose said...
    April 26, 2009 at 8:55 AM

    Great, great news to wake up to. Salute to Jordan and all his family, coaches and friends for working hard together to get up to this point.

    I wanted to post a link for an editorial written that generalizes the recent phenomenon of Aussies coming to play NCAA Basketball.

    http://www.ausport.gov.au/ais/sports/basketball/news/news_archives/03.04.08_australians_invading_college_hoops

    Skip down about halfway and start at "While the size of the ball and height of the hoop...

  2. wolfpack4eva said...
    April 26, 2009 at 11:12 AM

    I have no doubt that you guys are working feverishly on this, but is there any ETA for a video on Vandenberg that is longer than 20 seconds? Still think you're doing a great job!

    Oh and I'm thrilled to have JV, I think he will be a great long-term addition to the Pack and will be a fantastic backup for Smith until he gets a little more weight on him.

  3. keihin said...
    April 26, 2009 at 11:17 AM

    Excellent news. We finally have the front court depth for next year. *And* the prospect of a player that really has potential to bloom. Thanks for getting us the story.

  4. ppack3 said...
    April 26, 2009 at 11:36 AM

    I take it Painter is an afterthought. I guess it's for the best. Jordan V is alright by me. Aussie ballers tend to end up talented bigs who can step out and hit the mid range jumper. If we can get some meat on JV, he is going to be a force.
    Thank you Jordan, for choosing the Pack! I, for one, am excited about having you in the middle for the next four years! Sid is moving the Pack to great places. Good luck, and we'll see you in the Fall!
    Go Pack!

  5. Wolfpack Hoops said...
    April 26, 2009 at 12:07 PM

    Wolfpack4eva,
    We're doing everything in our power to get our hands on some video of this guy. We can't guarantee that we'll get it, but we can guarantee that we're going to do our best.

    ppack,
    I think you're on the right track there. We've always said that it doesnt make sense to take both Painter and Vandenberg with such huge prospect possibilities next season, but we'll see. All that needs to be known is that this staff has a plan and they're going to do whatever it takes to make this 2009 team very competative.

  6. Wolfpack Hoops said...
    April 26, 2009 at 12:07 PM

    Jose,
    Thanks for the props and the article. We gave you a little shout out at the bottom.

  7. Wolfpack Hoops said...
    April 26, 2009 at 12:11 PM

    hey everyone,
    just wanted to remind you to scroll down under the Vandenberg article for the latest Harrow and Parker update from the King James.

    They lost, but Joe Davis from Scoutsfocus called us and told us that both looked amazing and that Ryan really helped his stock in this tourny. *check the article for more*

  8. j.sol said...
    April 26, 2009 at 3:18 PM

    welcome to the family JV. this is great news, 7 footers are hard to come by as it is and we landed a guy that sounds like he's got tons of character. sid has been doing an excellent job finding good character guys that are willing to work hard and give it everything they got night in and night out.

  9. Lynda said...
    April 26, 2009 at 4:05 PM

    Let's see if I've got 2009 right. We have in no particular order:
    Josh Davis 6'6" SF
    Richard Howell 6'8" PF/SF
    Lorenzo Brown 6'5" SG/PG
    Scott Wood 6'6" SF
    Jordan Vandenberg 7'0" C

    And I believe we have 1 scholarship left to use or save for 2010. Is that right?

    WPH, this might be a good time for a recap of what we have for 2009, and where we are for 2010.

  10. Wolfpack Hoops said...
    April 26, 2009 at 4:27 PM

    Lynda,
    We want to wait to see what happens with the Wall situation before we call this class finished. But we certainly have a recap planned....and we also have a pretty telling interview, coming out Monday, with a big 2010 prospect you'll want to read.

  11. Anonymous said...
    April 26, 2009 at 4:44 PM

    scooped everyone else again! great job! by far the best blog for n.c. state basketball. sbas2

  12. Pack Leader said...
    April 26, 2009 at 5:13 PM

    Great Job WPH!!!!

    You guys are really showing some other sites what an insiteful and positive blog and be if it is run the right way!! I really believe V can turn into a solid Def and Reb center who can score from time to time. this also frees Smith,Howell, and horner from having to guard a Center. This also can help the CJ Leslie situation in that now he knows we wouldnt rely on him to play the C for us, since he is a self-proclaimed PF. Any word on if this will help us in the Wall situation?? does this scare away any Center prospects for next year (cothron?)

  13. Wolfpack Hoops said...
    April 26, 2009 at 6:53 PM

    Thanks guys!

    PackLeader,
    I wouldnt say that this signing is going to scare anybody off. I think, in fact, I know that the staff is still going very hard after Luke Cothron. This shouldnt really help much with Wall since I'm guessing Wall has no clue who Vandenberg is.

  14. Jose said...
    April 26, 2009 at 8:28 PM

    If JV comes with the right attitude and in the best shape to date then he will help this team out from day one..

    Last year we were a different half court team against opponents that had shot blockers in the middle. It was somewhat visible early on and then came rite out and reared it's ugly head against teams who had C's whose main thing was to block/alter shots (Clemson, FSU, BC off the top of the head).

    Smith for one seemed not quite himself against the really big trees- as if he needed to hesitate a second more in order to get a good move on his man and create an opening.

    The presence of a player of JV's physical stature will benefit the team as a whole in the way they practice from very early on and only pay bigger dividends once he gets used to the coaches and athleticism stateside.

    Obviously down the road he has a great opportunity to earn more playing time and see where he stacks up, but in the short term this is very prudent use of a valuable scholarship.

  15. Wolfpack Hoops said...
    April 26, 2009 at 9:14 PM

    ^ Perfect point, Jose! If you remember last year Ben and Tracy were going up against Kendall Smith day in and day out. Now, no knocks agains the kid, but he was no ACC big. Tracy going against a
    7'0 big day in and day out will certainly pay dividends.

  16. Anonymous said...
    April 26, 2009 at 11:25 PM

    painter is still in play

  17. Anonymous said...
    April 26, 2009 at 11:33 PM

    Smith v/s Jordan practice sessions are sure to help Jordan as well...as Tracy is one of the best around.

  18. Wolfpack Hoops said...
    April 27, 2009 at 12:11 AM

    ^^ The staff must be high on Painter b/c I'm hearing the same thing.

  19. Pack Leader said...
    April 27, 2009 at 1:59 AM

    say if we get word from Wall that he is def not interested then I say throw painter in the mix and let he guys battle for their positions just like Tom Obrien does! Obviously if wall wants to come then give him the scholarship but it would be awsome to beable to land painter as well for depth!!

  20. KChill said...
    April 27, 2009 at 9:24 AM

    WPH, do you know if Julius Hodge being an NC State alumnus had any factor in JV's decision at all? From my understanding, Jules developed quite a cult following down there from his short 36ers stints...just wondering.

  21. JAB77 said...
    April 27, 2009 at 10:19 AM

    Glad we got this guy. Looks like a solid contributor. If Tracy can play 32 minutes, no doubt this guy should be able to spell him for 8.

    Hoping for Wall to close this class out. I think Lowe's final push needs to be "John, at Duke or Kentucky, they are playing in front of sell outs, get tons of exposure, whether you are there or not. But at NC State, you will be the spark to light the fire under this program. YOU will put 20,000 people in their seats every night. YOU will get this team into the top 10. YOU will be the reason ESPN picks up all of our games. YOU will be the one to complete the return to prominence. Now just sign here...

  22. Anonymous said...
    April 27, 2009 at 10:50 PM

    "say if we get word from Wall that he is def not interested then I say throw painter in the mix and let he guys battle for their positions just like Tom Obrien does!"

    I think I agree. Some might bring up the J.J. scenario, but I really don't think that'd be the case now. JJ came in as a freshmen and outplayed and took minutes from our upperclass big-men, which led to bad chemistry.

    We have a much different scenario now. Tracy is our only established "big", and I don't think he's going to have to worry about pt (all ACC!). Our younger bigs will be battling for their minutes, making each other better.

 

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