Brown steps up game

Sterling Brown has stepped up his game this spring, and now Big Ten schools are starting to pay much closer attention to him.

Playing at Maywood (Ill.) Proviso East, Sterling Brown has big shoes to fill. Most recently the school produced Jacob Pullen, but before that it was Michael Finley and Shannon Brown. Shannon being Sterling's older brother obviously there are expectations, and Sterling is handling it very well.

It has been an excellent spring for Brown with the Mac Irvin Fire. He excelled during the Nike EYBL games, and followed it up with a strong showing at the Spiece Run N Slam.

"It has been good," said Brown. "Playing with the Mac Irvin Fire they give you a lot of exposure to the coaches. I just go out there and try to play hard."

He continued, "I have stepped up a lot. Playing in the EYBL it is like playing in college, so I think I have been doing better all around."

Recruiting wise numerous schools took notice of how he was playing during April, and now the calls are really beginning to come in.

"Michigan State has been in contact, LaSalle, USC, Minnesota, and a few others," listed Brown.

Obviously Sterling is familiar with Michigan State as that is where Shannon played his college ball. According to Sterling his older brother has talked to him some about the Spartans.

"It is good to hear from them," said Brown. "(Shannon) has told me that Tom Izzo is hard on you, but he only wants to make you better. I know Michigan State is a good place."

Also an offer seems to be a matter of time from Minnesota. One was indicated it was coming his way, though the communication hasn't quite been there yet.

"The coach left me a voicemail and told me he was going to offer, but I haven't had a chance to talk to him yet," said Brown of Minnesota. "I have to call them back and then I will know more."

For Brown growing up in Chicago he has seen a lot of Big Ten basketball, and says hearing from schools in that league is an honor.

"The Big Ten is one of the best conferences out there right now," explained Brown. "Almost every team is good, and it is good to know that they want me."

For now Brown is taking things slow and is no hurry to make a commitment. Still he has a plan for what he is looking for in a school.

"I am looking for a team that wins, has a great history, good coaches, and wants to get out and run," said Brown.

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