Depend on Brown

Searcy forward Chris Brown (6-8, 210) was one of the top players at this past weekend's AAO Top 25 in Springdale.

While college coaches know who he is, Searcy's Chris Brown is not a household name in Arkansas basketball circles just yet.

Brown, a 6-8, 210-pound junior forward, is in the process of changing that with a standout performance in the state tournament, a solid effort at this weekend's AAO Top 25 in Springdale and a summer ahead with the Arkansas Wings AAU program.

He was selected as one of the camp's top 25 performer and selected to play in the all-star game.

‘"It's a great experience being able to play against a variety of guys that make you raise your level while out there on the court," Brown said. "It makes me so much better just guarding people like that."

Most of the colleges in Arkansas - including the University of Arkansas - and some out-of-staters such as Cincinnati have shown interest in Brown, who averaged 13 points, 6 rebounds and 5 blocks this past season.

Brown, who had 18 points and 10 rebounds in a opening round state tournament loss to Little Rock Parkview, certainly is interested in the Razorbacks.

"Very much so," Brown said. "My whole family has loved Arkansas basketball for a long time and I have followed it very closely since Brandon Dean was on the team. It would be a honor to be a Razorback so of course they are one of my top teams."

He'll play with the Wings squad coached by Michael Green once again this summer, a team that will feature 6-10, 230-pound junior Michael Washington , the former McGehee star who played this season at Cleveland (Texas) Heritage Christian.

"Coach Green is one of the best coaches I have ever been around," Brown said. "He knows when to get on you, but he knows when to pat you on the back, too. Michael Washington is a great player and will play there in the middle. Usually they use me as more of a forward type because I have a good first step. There are not many big guys as quick as I am."

Brown and Washington will be joined by West Memphis' Eric Stuckey and the Pulaski Academy duo of Payne Harding and Jonathan Viguerie among others.

The Hawks are one of the 10 teams or so on the waiting list to play in The Real Deal on the Hill April 15-17, an event featuring the nation's best traveling AAU squads and whose main venue will be Arkansas' Bud Walton Arena.

"It's on our schedule, but we are one of the teams waiting around to see if we can get in," Brown said. "We'll definitely play in the Kingwood Classic in Houston and then down to New Orleans and then the Great American Shootout in Denton, Texas. We also plan on heading back to the nationals in Orlando this year, but we have to qualify first."

Brown has some specific areas he is going to work hard on this summer.

"I think my jump shot is coming along really well," Brown said. "I am still working on my dribble with my right hand and my defensive principles on guard-type players could be a little better. That's what the summer is for - to work on those things really hard."

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