“I’m going to Oregon,” Brown said. “That’s my final decision.”
“I love the coaching staff and the style of play fits me,” Brown explained. “One guy that has done an amazing job of recruiting me is coach [Tony] Stubblefield. He’s always been there with me. They’ve been there for a really long time. I like coach [Dana] Altman as a coach. Their defensive is amazing and the way they run it.”
Brown, a 6-foot-6 versatile perimeter prospect out of Las Vegas (Nev.) Centennial, took his official visit to Oregon the weekend of September 23rd. He also took official visits to Kansas, Georgetown, Alabama and Ohio State.
“It kind of just came down to the coaching staff,” Brown said. “About two weeks ago I had two schools in mind and it came down to which coaching staff I felt most comfortable with and that’s what did it.”
Brown specifically cited a relationship with Stubblefield, the assistant that led the charge for the Ducks.
“He was very persistent and cared more about my life outside of basketball and gave me very good constructive criticism to help me in the long run,” Brown said.
Throughout his AAU career, Brown has played with the Las Vegas Prospects on the Nike EYBL circuit. This past spring and summer, Brown averaged 16 points, 8.3 rebounds and 3.0 assists a game. A big guard, Brown is capable of playing on or off the ball and excels in an up-tempo, pressing style.
“Style of play is huge for me,” Brown said. “That’s one thing that it came down to. I feel like I can play in any system, but there’s something about getting up and down and getting in transition. It helps me shine and helps me standout. Being able to rebound the basketball and push it up the court and having the length to guard 3/4 of the court and pressure also turns into transition bucket.”
After making an Elite Eight last season, Oregon has a potential Final Four team this year. Oregon’s recent play and track record in developing players stood out to Brown as well.
“I would say their track record is really good, especially the past couple of years,” he said. “They’ve done a really good job of developing players. They don’t always get the best recruits but they develop them and get them to the next level. That’s something I want to be apart of it, guys Dillon Brooks, Tyler Dorsey and Chris Boucher.”
Brown is Oregon’s third commitment of the 2017 class. He joins four-star guard V.J. Bailey and four-star forward Abu Kigab to make up their current class that ranks No. 8 overall. But the Ducks, at least according to Brown, aren’t finished with this group.
“I have three on my list,” he said. “I have Deajon Davis, Jared Vanderbilt and Brandon McCoy.”
Brown is regarded as the No. 11 overall prospect in 2017.