One of my favorite surprise performers of the spring was Tucson's 6-foot-11, 220-pound rising senior post Brendan Rumel. Rumel is a true post talent with excellent size and upside for the future. After several performances this spring, the young post talent is drawing recruiting interest.
Rumel is a rare find in the state of Arizona - a true low-post player with excellent size for the collegiate level. As a result, you have to take a strong look at him and it seems that some college programs have already began to. This July will be very important in Rumel's future in college, and I expect that he will draw a lot of interest this summer.
Rumel is coming off a very good season in his junior year where he put up impressive numbers. Rumel averaged 17.8 points, 9.6 rebounds and 2.9 blocks per/game as a junior for Rincon High School - very impressive numbers for a developing post talent with another year of high school remainning. After a breakout season this year, I really look for Rumel to explode next season as a senior, although he will get much more defensive attention as a player next season.
Rumel currently is playing this club season for the Arizona Power Tucson - a group of players all from Tucson and representing the Power organization. While the team may not be featured in any national or regional tournaments this summer, I look for many college coaches looking to land a nice sleeper post prospect to follow Rumel and his team this summer.
I have already received several phone calls from college programs that were intrigued with Rumel's potential for the future and his play this spring. Such schools as Seattle University and Utah Valley look to be very interested.
Rumel has made a nice splash in our next, up-and-coming Summer Player Rankings and I look for this young man to continue to make noise with college programs this summer.
Arizona Hoop Review Scouting Report: Rumel was the find of the spring and my top surprise performer. A large post prospect with excellent size and some strong potential for the future. Rumel is a big bodied post talent with good upside for the future. At 6-11, Rummel is a 5-man that plays like it. He runs the floor hard for his size and is a mobile post talent. A good low-post scorer that uses his tremendous size to finish plays strong at the rim, and also make plays inside the paint. Will need to develop his low post skills to reach his maximum potential in the future. Has solid low-post footwork. A good rebounder. Solid passer out of the low-block. Capable shotblocker. Has the potential and upside to develop nicely over time. An intriguing prospect that should make some noise this summer with low to mid-major programs.