2005 Profile: Ray Brown

Richfield High (Minn.) junior swingman Ray Brown is finally 100 percent and that could spell trouble for opponents. He's already taken a couple unofficial visits and is starting to garner some big-time interest.

After playing at less than full strength for the first couple years of high school, Ray Brown is finally at 100 percent.

The Richland High (Minn.) 6-5, 180-pound junior wing, who had surgery after tearing a knee ligament after his freshman season, is averaging 20 points, six rebounds and five assists per game this season in leading the Spartans to their first No. 1 ranking in 30 years.

``It was frustrating because I couldn't do a lot of the things I was used to and it took me so long to get back," Brown said. "People didn't think I was that good. But it's all good now."

Brown, who put up modest numbers a year ago of 8 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists per game, is athletic, can really shoot it well from the perimeter and also passes it well. He still needs to work on his ballhandling and also could use a few more pounds to be more adept at finishing better in the paint. ``What separates Ray from the pack is his combination of size and skill level, not to mention he's a dead-eye shooter," Team Minnesota coach Ryan Thornton said. "He has a variety of dribble moves and shot fakes to create space and get his shot off anytime he needs to with accuracy. I don't know how many 6-6 shooting guards are in his class, but he has to be considered one of the best. He makes players around him better, as well as scoring points."

Brown split his time between the under-17 and under-16 Team Minnesota squads this past summer, but he'll get a chance to make a national name for himself this summer.

Brown has also taken a couple of recent unofficial visits to Wisconsin and Iowa State, where he picked up an offer from the Cyclones staff. Other schools that have expressed interest include UConn, Minnesota, Texas A&M, Kansas State, Clemson, Nebraska, Bradley and Indiana State.

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