Hoops Prospect Has Lovely Visit to Auburn

Junior college basketball prospect Craig Brown talks about his official visit to check out Tony Barbee's Tigers.

Fort Lauderdale, Fla.--Basketball prospect Craig Brown took an official visit to Auburn over the weekend and it seems he believes in "love" when it comes to talking about the Tigers.

However, despite his strong feelings about the Tigers, Brown doesn't appear ready to make a decision on his college choice just yet.

Next week he is headed to the West Coast to check out Gonzaga and will likely schedule a visit to Rutgers.

Asked about the trip to see Coach Tony Barbee's Tigers, he said, "It was great. I loved it. I liked the campus, I loved the players, I loved the atmosphere of the college, I loved the college (football) game I got to see. I loved the coaches. I loved everything about it."

The prospect noted that he got a chance to watch the team work out at the Auburn Arena. "I like the intensity and I like the way Coach (Barbee) coaches the team. He lets the leaders lead.

"The seniors get to hold their own practice, basically," he added. "He works them so hard that I understand what he wants out of the rest of the players. He does a good job of leading the young guys."

Brown, a six-foot-five, 215-pound sophomore guard/forward at Broward (junior) College, averaged 20.5 points, 7.4 rebounds and 2.2 assists as a freshman. He made 49 percent of his field goals, was 30-76 on three-pointers and hit 124-192 (65 percent) at the free throw line.

Brown, who played at North Miami Beach High School before going to Broward, averaged 15.7 points as a senior to earn All-Dade County. He originally signed with Lynn University, where he redshirted for a season before transferring to Broward. "I started every year for my high school team," he said.

The prospect pointed out he had never been to a "big-time football game" prior to this weekend and said getting the chance to see former Auburn star Charles Barkley at Jordan-Hare Stadium on Saturday was a thrill because the former NBA all-star is one of his favorite players.

"Auburn is definitely in my top three," said the prospect, whose first official visit was to Auburn. Brown noted he isn't sure when he will make a decision on where to sign or if he will sign with a team in the early period in November or wait until the spring.

Commenting on his style of play, the juco sophomore said, "I am versatile. I am more like a two-three combo guard. I can dribble, I can shoot and I like to get to the basket. I can shoot behind the arc easily."

Asked what his range is on treys, he said, "I can hit the NBA three-point shots."

Brown said he hit it off well with Barbee on the visit. "He is a kind person and I can tell he is into more than basketball--it's kind of a family thing--so I like that about him."

Brown said he is looking for a "family atmosphere," a place where the team will win and a place where he can develop his game to the point where he can play professionally.

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