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STATE CHAMPS! SCOUT TEAM: Hoosierland Air Raid — Hoopsters Heidbreder, Brady Commit to Air Force

By: SCOTT M. BURNSTEIN, October 30, 2020, 7:00 am

You could call it a fly-by. Tom Cruise and “Top Gun” style, for sure.

The Air Force men’s basketball team flew into the state of Indiana this week and swiped a pair of diamonds in the ruff in the form of recruits, Jake Heidbreder and Vincent Brady. 

The recruiting coup pulled off by Air Force head coach Joe Scott took all of 24 hours. Poof, the Falcons were Hoosier rich.

Indianapolis Cathedral’s Brady (6-foot-5) committed to Air Force Tuesday night, followed by Floyd Central’s Heidbreder (6-4) announcing his decision to join the Falcons’ hoop brigade Wednesday afternoon. 

Last winter, the versatile Brady averaged 10 points, five boards and two steals per game. He’s rangy and can handle the rock. The quintessential slasher, Brady has a pretty pull-up jumper and finishes at the rack in both the half-court set and in transition with consistency.

Heidbreder fired in 20 points, four rebounds and three dimes per night while leading Floyd Central on a memorable run to its first sectional championship in more than three decades in 2020. Scouts love the lanky Heidbreder’s upside and his deadeye shooting in the clutch. Some tout Heidbreder as the most undervalued 2-guard in the state’s senior class. 

Air Force plays in the Mountain West Conference. Navy, Vermont, Elon, Lipscomb, Indiana State and Evansville all offered Heidbreder.

Joe Scott returns to Colorado Springs to coach Air Force for the second time this winter, having taken the Falcons to the NCAA Tournament in the early 2000s (2004) before leaving for the job at his alma mater Princeton. The last two seasons, Scott has been an assistant in the SEC at Georgia.