Sophomore guard Rob Brandenberg will look a little different on the basketball court this year.
It’s not because he’s worked out hard in the weight room over the offseason, which we’re told he has. It’s because Brandenberg, who excited VCU fans as an athletic and energetic slasher as a freshman, will be wearing No. 11 this season, a change from No. 23.
Brandenberg chose the No. 23 prior to his freshman year at VCU and wasn’t aware that the number was once owned by Kendrick Warren, the second-leading scorer in program history. Warren’s No. 23 jersey was retired several years ago.
“Just out of respect, I want to leave that jersey alone because that’s his jersey and when people remember No. 23, they remember Kendrick Warren,” Brandenberg said.
“I thought to myself, I don’t want to be associated with another guy, because no matter what happens in my career, they’re going to remember him, so I just thought, let me start my own legacy and switch to No. 11.”
Brandenberg wore No. 1 at Gahanna Lincoln High School in Ohio, but chose No. 11 in deference to Larry Sanders, who wore the number from 2007-10. Sanders was drafted 15th overall by the Milwaukee Bucks in the 2010 NBA Draft.
Last season, Brandenberg appeared in 39 games and averaged 4.9 points and 1.7 rebounds. He also knocked down 31-of-89 3-pointers (35 percent). Brandenberg recorded games of 23 and 22 points, the most by a VCU freshman in more than 10 years. Following the graduation of guards Joey Rodriguez, Ed Nixon and Brandon Rozzell, Brandenberg figures to play a more prominent role this season and will have a chance to build a legacy for the No. 11 jersey.