Updated: Jun 11, 2022
To conclude the summer AAU cycle, The Circuit Championship at the Fantastic 40 brought together elite sneaker-affiliated and independent programs under one roof. Taking place at the Tarkanian Basketball Academy in Las Vegas, Pro Insight was on hand to cover the four-day event. In between games, we caught up with Brice Sensabaugh of Lake Highland Prep (FL) and E1T1 United (FL).
Sensabaugh is an explosive athlete with a strong build and is a gifted scorer who excels at driving to the basket and finishing above the rim. Possessing perimeter skills as well, the 6’6 wing has a repertoire of moves to create separation and get his shot off.
As part of the Pro Insight Q&A series, Sensabaugh discussed his multi-sport athletic background, bouncing back from two surgeries, his goal to give back to the community, and more.
For the next installment of the Pro Insight Q&A series, we present 2022 prospect Brice Sensabaugh, from Orlando, Florida:
Pro Insight: AAU season is over now. What was the highlight of your summer with E1T1 United?
Brice Sensabaugh: Definitely spending time with my guys and getting better everyday. It was a long journey, like coming back from not really playing last season because of COVID so it’s been a good journey with my guys. I’m going to miss them for sure now that it’s over.
PI: Is there anyone in particular you hang out with on E1T1 United?
BS: Nah, really it is kinda equal. Of course we have roommates. I got two or three guys that I spend the most time with, but we’re always in each other's rooms, laughing, and just hanging out with each other so that’s probably something that I’ll remember for the rest of my life. That’s probably some of the most important stuff that goes into AAU.
PI: For those who aren’t familiar with your game, describe your strengths and play style.
BS: I’d say I’m a three-level offensive threat. I can score from any level. I take pride in my ability to have body control and finishing through defenders and getting whatever I want on offense. I like to turn around and play defense, as well. So that’s how I would describe myself.
PI: You mentioned Paul George is someone you model your game after and try to study — are there any particular offensive moves that you work on in the gym?
BS: Nah, usually I just work on simplifying my game. Catching it on the wing and getting two or three dribbles, nothing more. I work on getting to the rim quickly because I don’t want to take too many dribbles and drag out the offense. I just work on getting shots up, off the dribble and off the catch — attacking the rim, different finishes, stuff like that.
PI: Talk a bit about your background. How did you get into basketball?
BS: I started off playing soccer when I was like four. I played football. I think that’s pretty much it. I stopped playing football in middle school to focus on basketball. So now, I’m strictly just playing basketball. I started playing when I was like four.
PI: Are there any athletes in the family?
BS: My uncle and my dad were nice. My uncle played college basketball at Eastern Kentucky and my dad, he never really played organized because he had to take care of my uncle — he’s his little brother. Most of my family are football players. I have a few of my family members who were in the NFL. But I’ll be the first one to take it far in basketball.
PI: What are your biggest interests outside of basketball?
BS: I take pride in my ability to take care of my work in the classroom. During the summer, I like to hang out with my friends and stuff like that. I play video games if I’m super bored. During the school year, I don’t have any extra time. I’m in the gym and getting my school work done.
PI: What’s your favorite class?
BS: I’d say my favorite subject is math, probably. I obviously don’t like doing it, but I’m pretty good at it.
PI: Who’s your favorite music artist?
BS: I got a few. Right now is NoCap. I like Polo G and Lil Baby. Lil Durk, he’s nice, too.
PI: What’s your favorite video game?
BS: Yeah, I play some 2K. I like Call of Duty the most though. I like Warzone. I play some multiplayer too. I’m into all of that.
PI: If you were stuck forever on a deserted island and had all the food, water, and shelter you needed — what three personal items would you bring?
BS: I would say a basketball, a basketball hoop, and my phone so I can play some music.
PI: What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
BS: I think it’s really to just stay patient and have faith in God. It was about last year, I had two meniscus surgeries and sat out for like 10 out of the 12 months of the year so it was a battle to get back to where I am now, better than I was before. So patience is something that I take to heart a lot. So patience, for sure.
PI: Would you say you feel stronger after the surgeries and recovery?
BS: Yeah yeah, it took a lot of work. You know I still get sore sometimes, but I feel good right now.
PI: What’s your recruitment update?
BS: Right now I’m down to eight schools. I’ve got Stanford, Vanderbilt, Florida, Illinois, Virginia, Indiana, Georgia Tech, and Alabama.
PI: What will ultimately factor into your final decision?
BS: Definitely the staff and how I feel on the campus. I’m looking for a home environment where people, the coaches, the staff, and players take me in and I feel like I’m at home. I don’t want to feel like I’m away or I need something from anybody. Definitely player development. I want to play at the highest level. And good academics, as well, because that’s a big part of me, too.
PI: Name four words that best describe you.
BS: I’m kind of an introvert. I’m passionate, confident, and I’m loyal.
PI: At the end of the day, what do you hope to be remembered for?
BS: I think I want to be remembered for my passion for the game. I want to give back if I get the chance, too. Obviously basketball is bigger than me. It’s more than a sport. If I get to where I want to be, I want to give back to people and take care of my family for what they’ve done for me. So that’s it, for sure.