A native of Madison, Wisconsin, Brendler played for the Dolphins while the school was still at the junior college level. His outstanding play led the team to back to back appearances in the Junior College National Tournament, in 1955 and 1956. A 6 foot 9 inch center, Brendler was selected to the first team All-America after amassing 27.4 points per game and averaging 30.2 points in four games at the Junior College National Tournament in 1956.
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