Illinois SG Brownridge headed to Santa Clara

6-foot-2 shooting guard Jared Brownridge (Aurora, Ill./Waubonsie Valley) gave Santa Clara a verbal pledge on Tuesday, according to the Daily Herald.

Brownridge held nine scholarship offers but narrowed his choices to the Broncos, Drake and Southern Illinois.

"Me and the whole family loved Santa Clara," he told the paper. "But the thing that stood out most was the academic side of Santa Clara. They really astonished us with that. If you graduate from there you get a good degree and on the other side it's a good basketball program. Both ways it fit me, so that's what I chose."

He averaged 20.9 points and 4.3 rebounds as a junior and is the first recruit for Santa Clara in the 2013 class.