Josh Verlin (@jmverlin)
Will Brazukas had Moravian as his front-runner in his recruitment, and then 36th-year head coach Jim Walker stepped down in early March.
So the Father Judge point guard had to re-assess, with schools like Albright and Immaculata still in hot pursuit. But Moravian hired East Stroudsburg assistant Justin Potts on March 31, and Potts got right back involved with Brazukas.
And so, before he even got a chance to meet Potts face-to-face, Brazukas decided to go to the school he liked all along, committing to Moravian on Thursday night.
"Thank god Moravian came back, because Moravian was my first choice," he told CoBL by text. "I was able to talk to [Potts] over the phone and he really wanted me to come play for him as well, so it all works."
A 5-foot-10, 160-pound point guard, Brazukas averaged 8.4 ppg for the Crusaders this past year, helping his team to a 15-9 record, including a 6-7 mark in Catholic League play.
He'll be the third former Judge player on the roster, joining rising juniors Sean Hanna and Brandon McGuire.
Brazukas is the first senior to commit to Potts, a 2000 Moravian grad who spent two years as an assistant there before working the last 13 in the same position at East Stroudsburg.
Now, the Sparta (N.J.) native is hoping to bring the same success he had at ESU, which made the NCAA Sweet 16 two years ago, back to his alma mater.
"It's great, to have the opportunity to lead the program that you once played for is always something you want the chance to do," he said. "Just excited to move one seat up and lead the program and it's great to have that opportunity to be at that place that I always had great memories of."
Last year, Moravian went 5-20 overall, with a 3-13 mark in Landmark Conference play.