School and Year (1996-97) Tampa Bay Tech HS, State
Height and Weight 6'9.5 220lbs
Academically Eligible No (2.5 GPA, 790 SAT, 68 ACT)
Status Signed with Minnesota
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Antoine Broxsie is what is known as a sleeper, the same title
given to another recent recruit of Purdue's by the name of Gary McQuay.
Sleepers tend to not get much attention during the early period as
most of the top programs wait to see where the top10 or so candidates at
each position end up signing. It is a title that is given to a recruit
by analysts that basically says 'we hear he can be good, but frankly
we haven't seen enough of him to have an opinion either way.' Broxsie
wasn't a star on the summer circuit. His exposure was also limited by
the fact he did not play in the top class in the state of Florida.
Regardless of the lack of exposure, Broxsie is a solid all around
player. He's an athletic post player that is solid defensively and has
a very accurate short range jumper. He needs to improve his footwork
and motion in the post, but is capable of contributing his first year
of college. He had a career high 17 blocks this year against the #3
rated team in Florida at the time, Tampa Robinson High.
Broxsie has already visited Nebraska and Purdue, and will visit
Michigan State and Minnesota in the near future. He will take a fifth
visit if another school offers. He has yet to qualify, needing just
slight improvements in either his core GPA or SAT.
6-30-97...Antoine Broxsie is now on the Minnesota campus and has
reportedly achieved a score high enough on recent scholastic tests to
play this fall for the Gophers.
5-20-97...The following blurb appeared in the St. Paul Pioneer
Press on May 18, written by Charley Walters..."Get this: On Saturday,
Tampa insiders said Broxsie was having serious second thoughts about
signing with Minnesota, and word is he'll try to get out of the commitment
to countersign with Purdue. Minnesota was Broxsie's compromise school;
he wanted Purdue, his mother wanted Nebraska. Broxsie was on the
telephone with Haskins at 11:59 p.m. Thursday, one minute before the
NCAA signing deadline, wrestling with his decision." From all indications,
Broxsie signed his letter before the end of the NCAA signing period
making him the property of Minnesota unless they release him. Another
possibility is if he does not qualify, he may instead choose to go to
a junior college. After junior college he would be able to choose another
school. This site will only continue to report on Broxsie with respects
to Purdue recruiting. Until he asks for a release from Minnesota, there is
will be nothing new to report. To more closely follow the Broxsie saga,
check in with the Minnesota recruiting site - The Gopher Hole.
5-16-97...Antoine Broxsie has signed a national letter of intent
with Minnesota. Clem Haskins commented on the Broxsie signing this
afternoon, so Minnesota has received the letter. Purdue's scholarship
crunch seems to have been a factor in the decision. His mother favored
Nebraska while Broxsie himself was quoted by the Indianapolis Star
as favoring Purdue. Minnesota was a compromise as both he and his
mother liked coach Haskins. A source inside the Tampa athletic
department confirmed that the decision was not finally made until late
Thursday evening. The same source also indicated that Purdue's
scholarship situation was discussed, as well as Minnesota's situation
with Courtney James. No other details were given except that religion
played an important role in the decision.
5-15-97...Universities have until the end of today, May 15th to
sign Antoine Broxsie to a binding letter of intent. Broxsie can still
accept a scholarship offer after the end of the spring period that ends
tonight, but it will not be binding. The latest word from Tampa is a
decision had been made early on Wednesday morning between Broxsie and his
coach. Trying to contact his mother to notify her of the press conference,
Broxsie's coach was told to wait until Broxsie's mother talked to her son.
Reportedly she said the decision may be delayed until early next week now.
A recent blurb in the Journal and Courier has both Broxsie and his mother
very impressed with Coach Keady. The Minnesota recruiting site has cited
an "inside source" as saying Broxsie has already chosen Minnesota. It
remains to be seen if the Minnesota choice was the one before or after
Broxsie spoke to his mother.
Reports also say Broxsie fell one point short of the required ACT
score he needed to qualify for freshman eligibility. He will have one
more opportunity in June to retake scholastic tests in an attempt to
5-12-97...A decision by Broxsie could come as soon as tomorrow.
No news yet on the time of any announcement, but it does look like he
is ready to declare a choice.
4-27-96...There are new strong rumors that Broxsie is down to
Purdue and Minnesota. Purdue is willing to wait for him to decide,
while indications are that Minnesota will not. He has signed letters
of intent to both Purdue and Minnesota during this signing period and
will wait until he gets qualified to commit to one of the schools.
Meanwhile the Minnesota staff has indicated that if he does not verbal
to the Gophers soon he can forget about going to Minnesota.
4-15-97...Reports are that Broxsie may now wait until he gets
the results of his recent round of qualifying scores to announce his
decision. Broxsie is looking more of a tall clone of Gary McQuay.
He is a tenacious shot blocker, rejecting 21 in one game last season
(5 were considered goaltending), and has excellent timing. According
to the Lansing Journal he is down to Purdue, Michigan State and
Arizona. Recruiting analyst Van Coleman says it is down to Purdue
and Minnesota. His coach Adrian Johnson believes he will academically
4-8-97...WLFI-TV18 in Lafayette reported that Antoine Broxsie
would wait until the end of this week to announce his decision. It was
also reported that he was rumored to have Purdue at the top of his list
at this point.
4-2-97...During his recent official visit to Purdue, Broxsie had
plenty of good things to say about the Boilers. "I could see myself
playing here," said Broxsie to the Journal and Courier. "This is the
style I've played throughout high school. It was really intense out
there (referring to the Purdue/Illinois game), and I liked that.
Purdue's definitely in the picture. I really like Coach Keady." The
center likes both schools he has visited so far and sees a need both
places for a player with his skills. "I feel I can step in right away
and help both programs," commented Broxsie. "and both schools play in
great conferences. But I want to take some more campus visits."
With three Big Ten teams getting visits, one might think he has a
conference in mind as to where he would like to play. "I like the Big
Ten conference," Broxsie said. "But I am not a lock to play in the
conference. I have interest in other conferences like the SEC and Big
4-2-97...In early March, Broxsie was named MVP of the United
Negro College Fund area all-star game, scoring 18 points and pulling
down 11 rebounds.
4-2-97...Minnesota is scheduled for an official visit from
Broxsie this weekend. As of now, his list includes Purdue, Nebraska,
Minnesota and Michigan State. Previously listed contenders Cincy, South
Florida, Pitt, Miami, Florida State and Florida have dropped on his
list. Ultimate Hoops reports that Purdue is the team to beat for
DATE MIN FG FGA FT FTA 3P 3PA RB A B S PTS
Season thru PPG FG% FT% 3P% RPG APG SPG BPG RECORD RANK
96-97 season 17.0 14.0 8.0 23-4
96-97 season All Florida Second Team selection
UNICEF All-Star Game MVP