Brown rapidly gains admirers

Georgia native Bryce Brown didn't have to travel far to this past weekend's Best of the South tournament, but he climbed a steep ladder in terms of exposure and interest.

Bryce Brown has something important going for him, beyond the fact that he's gifted. He plays point guard in a senior class beleaguered for its lack of talent and depth at that position, a fact that could drive his recruitment into frenzied territory by fall.

And I express that sentiment without any intent to overhype. Brown still must prove he belongs at the major conference level, as to this point he's mostly getting looks from mid-majors. Still, if he carries his momentum forward the rest of the month with the 3T All-Stars, it's difficult to imagine he'll lack of widespread offers by August 15.

Brown is a strong, lean performer who knocks in contested jump shots and makes slick passes with both hands on the break. He's also reasonably quick and definitely unselfish, despite playing for a team that lacks major top-to-bottom talent. He processes basketball in a winning way, and that approach will serve him well going forward — most immediately, in terms of attracting more offers.

"South Alabama, St. Peter's, Kennesaw State have offered, and FIU offered (on Friday)," Brown said. "My other interest is from Georgia, George Mason, Gardner-Webb, Murray State and Georgia State."

He's also an atypical case. While most everyone 6-2 or under insists he's a point guard, Brown says he doesn't mind playing either on or off the ball. There again, he's a player who simply wants to compete.

"I have to be a combo guard because of my size and skills," he said. "I also do want to work on my point guard skills, though."

As for his recruitment, he views perspective as critical.

"It's basically what school really wants me," Brown said. "It's not necessarily the biggest school, just the best fit.

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