Bruce Brown stands in line hoping to represent the program proudly as he ascends the high school ranks and begins to eye a college — and hopefully professional — career.
Brown performed tremendously at the opening EYBL event in Virginia. The powerful wing averaged 18 points in BABC’s four games, showcasing his strength, athleticism and classically Northeastern, aggressive style. He was the primary reason the team — one not overloaded with size or elite talent — was able to compile a 2-2 record.
Though he didn’t shoot a high percentage during the weekend (39 percent), he did shoot 44 free throws and average eight rebounds per game to lead the team. Those are extremely impressive numbers for a wing and indicate exactly how scrappily he competed throughout the event.
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Brown has taken it upon himself to step in and fill a void, and he’s hoping to build off a high school season in which his Vermont Academy squad advanced to the final of the NEPSAC AA final before falling to the Tilton School.
”The high school season went really well,” Brown said. “We lost in the championship, though. We should have had it but we lost.”
Though pleased with VA’s play, Brown now seeks to help BABC make deep inroads on the EYBL circuit.
”We’re good,” Brown said. “This is all of our first time playing together, so it’s different. Usually with BABC, everyone has been playing together since like the eighth grade, so this year it’s different.”
Obviously, Brown has made a strong early impact, as this is his second straight year competing on the 17-under circuit. Holding the No. 52 ranking in the Class of 2016, he actually considered reclassing forward. At this juncture, however, he intends to stay put.
”I’m not going to 2015 anymore,” he said. “I’m going to stay 2016 and stay with my class.”
His recruitment is burning hot with high-majors on the board extending scholarship offers.
The Longhorns obviously represent a new offer given the coaching change, but Shaka Smart had recruited him at VCU and simply transferred that interest to a bigger program. In recent days, SMU has extended an offer as well.
”Shaka recruited me at VCU, so it’s actually the same,” he said. “As soon as he got the job, he called me. I was his first offer (at Texas).”
Given Brown’s playing style and Smart’s reputation for fielding teams that thrive on an identical basis, the potential fit is obvious.
”(Smart) likes my style of play,” Brown said. “He said his style of offense, I would fit perfectly. Plus the way they like to press and play defense. I like them a lot, actually.”
Texas certainly will be among those tracking Brown closely at next weekend’s EYBL event in Lexington, Ky.