Hard Work Paid Off
Shannon Brown was ready for the accolades heaped onto him this summer. He was ready because it was what he had prepared himself for. "I worked hard for the upcoming summer," Brown said. "Coming off playing varsity my sophomore year I did alright but I had to work on my game so I could be better for next year. [The summer] was a little better than I thought but I didn't know it was going to be that big."
As it turned out, Brown was a hit on the summer circuit.
He made a big enough splash that Iowa, Iowa State, Illinois, Michigan State, UNLV, Toledo, Notre Dame, DePaul and Marquette made trips to watch him workout. Tom Izzo, Tom Crean, Steve Alford, Mike Brey and Pat Kennedy made appearances.
Illinois head coach Bill Self did not make an appearance, but you can bet he'll be at a number of Proviso East games. Self has a commitment from Dee Brown, Shannon's teammate who shares the same last name but bears no relation to the point guard. Dee and Shannon are close. "We are just real, real good friends," Shannon Brown said. "It's tremendous fun [playing with him] because he's a smart, talented player. He's one of the quickest guards I've ever seen with a basketball."
So far, Brown has been to Marquette and Illinois unofficially. He'll make a few trips this year. "Me and my dad are sitting down making a list right now."
Last season, Brown averaged 14 points, 5 rebounds, 2 steals and 3 assists. His big splash came at the Nike All-American Camp. "It was a great experience and I got to meet some of the top players around the country. Me playing against them made me a better and that helped me going into the Nationals."
At the Nationals, Brown's Illinois Warriors won the championship. Andre Iguodala led the charge. "It was a great experience. Andre surprised me this summer. To tell you the truth, I didn't know what type of player he was."
Brown knows exactly what type of player Iguodala is now and the exposure on the Warriors certainly helped the country figure out that this junior shooting guard is a player in his own right.