It is hard to find 6-foot-11 post players who can move their feet as well as Platteview junior center Brady Heiman.
Heiman will travel the country this spring and summer playing for OSA Adidas 17U in the Adidas Gauntlet series.
Heiman led Platteview back to the state tournament for the second year in a row in 2016, averaging 15.7 points, 8.9 rebounds and 4.8 blocks.
For someone used to being the most imposing player on the floor, Heiman’s first games in the Gauntlet last week were a different experience.
“I’m playing against a different size of athlete,” Heiman said. “It is the best talent and size that I have ever played against. This is a different level.”
Heiman is the quintessential shot-blocking post player that most Division I programs are looking for, but the level of program for which he will be playing is still undecided.
Offers from Drake, UNO and South Dakota came during his sophomore season. He took numerous unofficial visits to Nebraska and Creighton in the winter. Unofficial visits to UNO and Drake along with an unofficial visit to Minnesota kept Heiman busy.
Both of the high-major in-state schools are intrigued by Heiman — enough so that last weekend in Dallas, Creighton head coach Greg McDermott and Nebraska assistant Michael Lewis had a presence at his games. UNO head coach Derrin Hansen and assistant coach Pat Eberhart took turns watching him play in Dallas, as did South Dakota’s head man Craig Smith and assistant Austin Hansen.
Wichita State head coach Greg Marshall is keeping tabs on Heiman, as well. Wichita State has been one of the schools that have paid a visit to Platteview in recent weeks. Marshall also watched him closely in Dallas.
The second weekend of the Gauntlet series kicks off Friday in Atlanta.
If Heiman continues to show his shot-blocking prowess on defense, ability to battle for rebounds against high-level athletes while rebounding well out of his area as he did in Dallas, look for more schools to be in the hunt for his services.