LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Braxton Barnhizer finished with more 2,000 points during his high school career.
Barnhizer also proved he's more than just scorer.
In addition to averaging 20 points his senior season at Lafayette Jeff, Barnhizer grabbed 9.7 rebounds and handed out 5.6 assists per game. He also posted 2.6 steals a contest.
But as gaudy as those numbers are college coaches showed more interest in Braxton's younger brother Brooks.
Both Barnhizer boys will continue their basketball careers in Chicagoland.
Brooks, a rising senior at Jeff, is headed to Evanston next year to play at Northwestern.
Braxton is headed to Palos Heights this year to play for Trinity Christian — an NAIA program.
While Brooks also added offers from Butler, Xavier and Western Kentucky among others, Braxton picked up only one Division I offer and it came from Mike Davis and Detroit Mercy.
However, the 6'3 guard felt Trinity Christian was the best fit.
"I don't want to sit," Barnhizer said. "I'm not the personality that can sit for years. I want to help the team win. I'm as competitive as they get so I don't want to see somebody else out there when I could be out there affecting the game so playing time really meant a lot to me. I really wanted to be in the best situation where I could play and help my team win."
The recruiting process was tough for Barnhizer especially because of all the attention his younger brother received, but it won't change his mindset and the way he approaches the game ..
"I really feel like I'm one of the top players in the state," Barnhizer said. "I don't mean that in a cocky way. I just feel like what I bring to the table as a whole: I'm a tough player. I play with energy. Not everybody loves my energy, but it's what I do. That's who I am. I'm going to embrace who I am. I'm not going to change who I am. If I'm overshadowed by anybody I want it to be my little brother. I don't want it to be anybody else. I'm really happy for him. Nobody else deserves it more than him."
Barnhizer will join a Trinity Christian program which finished 11-19 last season.