Todd Lickliter and his Iowa basketball program reeled in a big man on Monday, as they received a commitment from 6-foot-8 forward Andrew Brommer from Rosemount, Minnesota.
Brommer had originally committed to play for Minnesota last year, but that was when Dan Monson was still the head coach. He was replaced by former Kentucky coach Tubby Smith this past spring after leaving the program during the season last year.
Though seeing Monson leave Minnesota wasn’t easy, Brommer is pleased with how things ended up.
“It was a little hard,” Brommer said of Monson’s firing. “But, I just want to say that it’s feels great to be a Hawkeye. I took a visit there and I loved it. The campus is beautiful, the academics are great for both Business and NGA. All the players are good guys and they are talented, too. Coach Lickliter and his staff are perfect for me.”
Brommer will also be reunited with an AAU teammate when he comes to Iowa next season.
“I really like playing with Anthony Tucker.” Brommer said. Tucker committed to Iowa this past spring, and is from Minnetonka, Minnesota. The two play together for the 43 Hoops AAU team. “He is a really good teammate and a really good person.”
Basketball recruiting analyst Van Coleman sees Brommer as a perfect fit for Lickliter’s..
”He is definitely a system fit for Todd's offense. He shoots it well and has good length. He is a legit 6-8” and he can pass the rock, too.” Coleman said. “ He is a very skilled face up type big man with a good start on a Big Ten body (210 pounds). He has solid shoulders. He can pop jumpers to 18-feet or roll to the block and score with good feet, hands and touch.”
Brommer agrees that the Iowa system is something that attracted him.
”Oh yeah, that was a really big selling point. I think that I fit there. I really like Coach Lickliter. I think he is like the perfect guy. He is great.”
Brommer averaged 16.3 points per game last year for a team that went 9-17.
Coleman feels that bulk will be one of the initial challenges for Brommer, and though he won’t be a highly rated national player, the system is the thing.
”He will need to add 15-20 pounds over next couple years, but so will most high school players who will play inside and out.” Coleman said. “He is a Top 250-300 type who will look better than that as system fit.”
Coach Lickliter hasn’t been on the job very long at Iowa, so people like Brommer know more about Iowa’s head coach than do the fans.
”He really cares about who he brings into his system. He likes to evaluate a lot more, which is good. Because then he gets to see the person, and that is what he cares about. He cares about the person, and that is what I like so much about him. Plus, he is really competitive and wants to win, and I like that. He really gets to know you. He doesn’t just throw scholarships around.”
Brommer will be a member of Iowa’s recruiting class of 2008, and intends to sign in November’s early signing period.