Brown Enjoys ASU Visit

Four-star shooting guard prospect Anthony Brown unofficially visited Tempe this past weekend and came away impressed. Devils Digest caught up with him following his trip to discuss his recruitment with the Sun Devils.

"It was a real cool visit," said the 6-6 185 Anthony Brown. "I got there Saturday and met with the coaches, the academic advisor and got to see all the facilities. I really liked the Weatherup center and Wells Fargo Arena. It was a good time.

"I was very impressed with coach Sendek's detail. He explained everything to me about basketball and academics. He just covered everything that I wanted to know about the school."

Brown is considered a very skilled and versatile player. The guard combines sound fundamentals with the ability to score consistently from the outside, as well as when driving to the basket. Brown has also been touted as having a high basketball IQ and a player who is deft at getting his teammates involved.

All the skills have obviously not gone unnoticed by Arizona State who offered Brown last year. During his visit, the Sun Devil staff showed Brown how he would fit into their scheme if he ultimately decided to don the maroon and gold.

"They showed me how they used James Harden in their offense," said Brown who is ranked as the nation's 12th best 2010 class shooting guard by Scout.com, "and that's how they would use me in this offense. Coach Sendek said that not only can I shoot the three, but once I get stronger I'll be able to post up. I can also be a good facilitator.

"I know I have to get better on defense and be more aggressive. That comes from getting stronger."

In his junior year at Huntington Beach (Calif.) Ocean View High School, Brown averaged 12.4 ppg and was the co-Player of the Year in the CIF IV-AA Division. He helped the Seahawks to a 27-8 record as the team captured its first CIF title since 1998. Ocean View made it all the way to the Div III state title game where they lost to Sacred Heart.

Aside from the Sun Devils, Stanford, Arizona, USC, and Virginia have all offered. "My top five are UCLA, Washington, Stanford, Arizona and Arizona State," Brown stated. "Virginia, Gonzaga, Georgetown and Kentucky are recruiting me too.

"I'm going to take official visits to the schools in my top five and make a decision before my senior season starts. When I choose a school I'm going to look at their academics, their playing style and what kind of relationship I have with the coaches."

Brown visited Arizona for a few hours after his ASU trip concluded, and said it was hard to compare his experience at both schools. "I spent more time at Arizona State and I've known them longer," Brown explained. "They're both good schools, but Arizona State went into more detail with me because they know me better and the Arizona staff is new."

Brown indicated that he knows 2011 ASU commits Josiah Turner and Kyle Caudill as well as incoming Sun Devil freshman Demitrius Walker well and that both "…have talked to me a lot about coming to Arizona State, and what they like about the school."

The guard will play for the SCA All-Stars AAU club and during the month of July he will participate in the Double Pump Three Stripes in Carson (Calif.), the Adidas Super 64 in Last Vegas and the Best of Summer tournament in Westchester (Calif.).


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