Brown receiving heavy interest

The BABC club program enjoys renown for its procession of tough guys, and national champions such as Alex Oriakhi have emerged from the organization.

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.

Brown’s desire to create action leads to frequent free throw opportunities

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. He insists he has no timeline and won’t extend any regard to geography. It’s all about fit.

”I have offers from Texas, UConn, Indiana, others … there’s a lot of interest,” he said.

Brown added that the Huskies were happy to take him either as a 2015 or 2016 prospect, while everyone else primarily views him as a junior, not a senior. 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.

We’ll continue to track Brown closely at upcoming EYBL events and beyond.

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