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Purdue Men's Basketball Recruiting

Antoine Broxsie

	School and Year (1996-97)	Tampa Bay Tech HS, State 
	Height and Weight		6'9.5  220lbs
	Position			Center
	Ratings				Top250
	Academically Eligible		No (2.5 GPA, 790 SAT, 68 ACT)
	Status				Signed with Minnesota

Player Summary · Player News · Game Stats · Season Stats · Honors

Player Summary

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.

Current Player News

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 qualify. 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 qualify. 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 East too." 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 Broxsie.

Single Game Statistics

DATE MIN FG FGA FT FTA 3P 3PA RB A B S PTS --------------------------------------------------

Season to Date Statistics

Season thru PPG FG% FT% 3P% RPG APG SPG BPG RECORD RANK ------------------------------------------------------------------ 96-97 season 17.0 14.0 8.0 23-4

Awards and Honors

96-97 season All Florida Second Team selection UNICEF All-Star Game MVP

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