Providence In Early
Gerald Brown, a 6-4, 185 pound shooting guard from Baltimore's Douglas High recently made an unofficial visit to Providence. His AAU coach, Paul Bowden, thinks the world of him and he'll move into a starring role next season with Baltimore Select.
"He's got the same game as Marcus Hatten," Bowden said. "He's wiry. Great outside shot. Because of our guards in the last few years, he hasn't been able to get up to the 17s. At Hofstra, he came off the bench and got 28 points. He's just such a scorer right now."
Last season, Brown was a second-team all-metro player as a sophomore. He averaged 18 points a game. "I'm a versatile player," Brown said. "I'm pretty complete and I think I'm clutch. I'm very coachable." Ah, the words college recruiters love to hear.
Providence made early strides with him. "They had come to one of my school's open gyms," Brown said. "Paul [Bowden] had talked to them and they came and checked me out. They wanted me to come up to the Midnight Madness. I went with my father and mother.
"It was good. I liked it and the atmosphere. I liked the town. The players and the coaches are nice. [Coach Welsh] talked to me for a long time and Jon Linehan. They talked and said they were serious because they heard about me. Coach Welsh said he was going to come down himself to check out some games."
In addition to the Friars, Brown says he's hearing from Rhode Island, Virginia, Xavier and Rider, each of which has been mailing him consistently."
The past few years, Brown has been on the 16-year old Select team. Next season, he'll move up and move into a prominent role for Bowden's bunch.