Combo Guard Picks Pearl's Tigers

A versatile guard from Georgia has signed a scholarship to play basketball for the Auburn Tigers.

Tucker, Ga.--Bryce Brown, a six-foot-three, 183-pound guard, is Auburn’s fourth men’s basketball fourth of the early period.

On Friday the high school senior told Inside the Auburn Tigers he has signed scholarship papers to play for Auburn starting next season.

"I really appreciate them coming after me and looking at me," Brown said. "The reason why I chose Auburn over Charlotte was, at the end of the day, for my family it's much better for them to be closer to me and to come see my games.

"I played alongside Tahj (Auburn sophomore guard Tajh Shamsid-Deen) my sophomore year of high school (at Columbia High) when he was a senior so that would be great to be under his wing and to have somebody looking out for me while I was at Auburn," Brown said. "Those are two major reasons why I chose Auburn over Charlotte."

Previously committed to North Carolina-Charlotte, Brown had a recent change of plans and on Thursday chose Coach Bruce Pearl’s Tigers.

“Talking to Coach Bruce Pearl and some of the other coaching staff, they told me I will come in and be a combo guard," Brown said. "They are looking at me for big minutes right away. I can play the two, which allows me to score, which is what I do best.”

Brown, who is rated as a three-star prospect, was a standout performer at Auburn’s elite prospect camp in August. He averaged 18 points and five assists per game as a junior at Columbia High School.

"At that time I didn't have in my mind exactly where I wanted to go yet," he said of his summer camp visit to Auburn. "I wasn't committed to anybody. My point was just to prove to the coaches and everybody how hard I would work for an opportunity like this. I think that was a major reason (why Auburn likes him).

"I decided playing for Coach Pearl would be great with the legacy he has. It was important for me definitely (the camp). I looked at Auburn really highly after that. I worked hard for an opportunity like this and I took advantage of it."

Bryce Brown

Commenting on the signee, Pearl said, "Bryce is an outstanding three-point shooter and strong-bodied athlete. He is a self-made player who lives in the gym. He has tremendous family support and is just a terrific student-athlete.

“Bryce came to our Elite Camp and was extremely impressive,” Pearl added. “The assistant coaches saw him this past summer and he really wasn’t on anyone’s radar. They came back from a number of different tournaments talking about this young man from Atlanta who was not being recruited at the level they felt he deserved.”

Commenting on what he brings to a team, the guard said, “Creating my own shot and attacking the basket. My main strength is shooting off the dribble and getting defenders off of me. I have a big body and I’m athletic so when everything is hemmed in and I use it to the best of my ability.”

Brown's junior season was cut short by an injury that kept him from playing in the state championship game and having to turn down a chance to compete in the Georgia North-South All-Star Game.

Other Auburn signees in the early period include shooting guard New Williams from Santa Monica, Calif., High, forward Danjel Purifoy from Hargrave Military Academy in Virginia and junior college guard T.J. Dunans from Columbia State in Tennessee.

"I'm very excited," Brown said of joining a group of highly-regarded signees. "I played with Danjel with Atlanta Express. I wasn't with them for long, but I have played with him. That was very exciting. He has a very good skill level. It will be good to play with him again. I'm very excited for him and my other teammates. That will be good."

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