By now, we’re used to big, impressive, European forwards playing basketball at Michigan. Freshman Ignas “Iggy” Brazdeikis is just that. Big, and impressive.
A Lithuanian-born player, Brazdeikis came to Michigan as one of the most prolific scorers in Canadian basketball, where he played his high school career. Now with an official game under his belt as a Wolverine, the hype around him is beginning to snowball.
During the Wolverines’ trip to Spain, Brazdeikis led the team in all three games in scoring, and poured in 13 points in an exhibition against Northwood, before adding 12 points in his official college debut against Norfolk State on Nov. 6.
Brazdeikis’ confidence is somewhat overwhelming, as he has a very positive image of himself as a basketball player, as he should. Out of high school, he was rated the No. 2 player in the province of Ontario behind Duke freshman sensation RJ Barrett, the top player in the 2018 recruiting class.
Brazdeikis has gone as far as saying that there has “never been a Michigan player like me” in an interview with the Detroit Free Press. Even with the likes of the Fab Five looming large in Michigan basketball history, he feels confident in his abilities on the hardwood.
“I look at other players, but I have my own game,” Brazdeikis said. “I have my own take on it. There’s not been a Michigan player that’s been like me.”
He described himself as an emotional player, one who can almost do it all offensively. He has the ability to shoot and stretch the floor, as he loves creating plays and playing with the ball in his hand.
Brazdeikis has slipped his way into the Michigan starting lineup, which head coach John Beilein had predicted during his recruitment period. Beilein said that Iggy would have a very good chance to play right away if he would decide to come to Michigan.
Brazdeikis was the focal point of what could potentially be Beilein’s best recruiting class to date, and will be looking to take the team deep into March yet again.
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