Mundelein senior guard Ben Brust's recruiting process has taken him a few different directions throughout his high school career, but in the end his journey finally placed him where he's always dreamed of playing.
Brust committed Friday to Wisconsin while on a visit to the school.
Brust had originally eyed Wisconsin as his destination, but the Badgers were out of 2010 scholarships by Brust's sophomore year. He decided instead to commit to Iowa, and it was only later that a scholarship became available at Wisconsin. When Brust decided to de-commit from Iowa in April when Hawkeyes coach Todd Lickliter was fired, the Badgers became an option for him.
"I've always enjoyed watching them when I was young," said Brust, a 6-2 guard. "It happened to all work out in the end."
Brust chose Wisconsin over Boston College, Iowa, Northwestern and USC.
Last week, Wisconsin appealed a previous Big Ten decision to not allow Brust to transfer to another Big Ten school after being let out of his letter of intent from Iowa.
Wisconsin won that appeal and was allowed to offer him.
"I'm smiling," Brust said. "I'm happy. I can just relax now. Everything fell in place."
Brust, an ESPNChicago.com All-Area Team selection, averaged 25 points, six rebounds, five assists and three steals his senior season. He had five games of 40 or more points.
"I think it's a great fit and he's with great people," said Rising Stars AAU coach Mike Weinstein, who helped Brust with his recruitment. "I think he can play both guard spots for Wisconsin. He'll have to defend like any kid coming into Wisconsin. I'm happy for Ben. He feels like he's at home. The way it played out is kind of funny."
Scott Powers covers high school and college sports for ESPNChicago.com and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.