2005 Focus: Jay Brown

Jay Brown is a player that few people outside of Georgia know much about, but that should change this summer as the versatile 6-7, 235-pound forward appears set to make a splash on the national scene,

Jay Brown may not be a household name yet, but that could change in due time.

The 6-7, 235-pound junior forward out of Griffin High (Ga.) is considered one of the top players in a state that also boasts the South Gwinnett backcourt duo of Louis Williams and Mike Mercer.

Brown is versatile, but he is more comfortable down on the blocks right now than on the perimeter.

``He's the best offensive player we've ever had here," Griffin coach Ferris Qualls said of the school that has produced former Kansas player Darrin Hancock and Syracuse junior swingman Josh Pace, who is currently averaging 9.8 points per game for the Orangemen.

``He can shoot, handle it and pass it," added Qualls. "He's really hard to stop inside because of his athletic ability. He can play inside or outside, though. He's playing the three for us this year because that's where he'll probably play in college."

Brown still needs to work on his mid-range jumper and his defense, but he is potentially a big-time player down the road. He's also a standout wide receiver/tight end who gave up football this past season to concentrate solely on basketball.

``I didn't want to get hurt," Brown said. "The first game of my sophomore season I hurt my ankle and it bothered me for a lot of the basketball season."

Brown said that his top three schools right now that are active recruiting him are Georgia, Memphis and Tennessee. He also mentioned North Carolina and Kansas are those who have sent him correspondence. The former Georgia Elite player, who plans on suiting up for the Georgia Stars next summer, also has interest from the likes of Clemson, N.C. State, Auburn and Georgia Tech, according to Qualls.

``Georgia's very interested and I'm liking them a lot right now," Brown said.


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