Bruce Brown embodies what it means to play for the BABC program. Some of the toughest kids on the block have played for Leo Papile's program over the years, and Brown fits the mold squarely.
The junior wing loves to challenge defenders, both his own man and big guys aiming to block his shot at the basket. Brown boasts an explosive first step but is effective at least as much due to his attacking mentality. He hurls his shoulders into an opponent's body and moves him out of the way, either scoring or drawing a foul.
He also drilled a contested three-point during the time I watched and generally improved as the travel season wore on. Brown averaged 14 points per game in 21 contests but topped the 20-point mark twice in his final three games at the Peach Jam, hinting at a potentially huge 2015 travel circuit.
High-major schools already have lofted scholarship offers in his direction. Michigan, Minnesota, Xavier, Wake Forest, Boston College, Massachusetts, Arizona State and Providence have offered, with more surely to follow.
Undoubtedly part of what impressed those coaches was Brown's willingness to play through pain.
"I have a nagging ankle injury," he said. "I played horrible the first game (at the Peach Jam) but bounced back after that."
Brown added that he'll visit Providence in August as his junior season approaches.