Shortly after TCU’s loss in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament, Vladimir Brodziansky told reporters “I just didn’t want my career to be over, so I did everything I could to help my team win.” In that moment, it seemed that the Frogs’ senior center’s collegiate basketball career had ended, but today, he was given once last chance to play college ball.
The Slovakian native was chosen to be a member of the Reese’s All Star roster, a collection of 20 of the best senior players in the country. The game will be televised on CBS Sports Network live from San Antonio, site of the 2018 NCAA Final Four, with tip-off scheduled for 3:35pm Friday. Vlad will be a member of the East squad.
Brodziansky was an All-Big 12 Third Team selection this season after averaging 15.0 points per game and shooting 57.9% from the field. He scored in double-figures in 29 of the 33 games he played this season, as well as averaging 1.7 blocks per game as he tied the TCU career mark with 171. Vlad was also named a Senior CLASS Award finalist, a Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Center of the Year Award finalist, AP All-Big 12 Honorable Mention, Academic All-District 7 and First Team Academic All-Big 12.
The TCU forward will see some familiar faces when he lines up Friday afternoon, as St. Bonaventure’s Jaylen Adams and Georgia Tech’s Ben Lammers will suit up alongside him. The Frogs defeated the Bonnies in November and took down the Yellowjackets last spring to win an NIT title. Yale’s James Jones, another TCU opponent this season, will coach the East team, while his brother, Joe Jones of Boston University, will coach the West.
Congratulations to Vlad for this honor, and go get a win, big guy!