``Those two are a nice start to a class," said Nike Team Florida coach Tom Topping, who coached Kearse. "They (VCU) do a good job and didn't have to go far from home."
Kearse is a big-time athlete who is 6-foot-6 ½ and 220 pounds. He's aggressive and relentless – and produces. All you have to do is look at the stat line he put up as a junior against state power Dillard in a quarterfinal game.
Kearse scored 17 points, grabbed 20 rebounds, blocked 7 shots and had 6 steals in the victory.
``He's a relentless worker," Topping said. "He's one of the best athletes we've ever had in our program. He's got a level of toughness that you rarely see and is a sponge when it comes to basketball. He's going to improve a lot."
``I've known Coach Grant for a while," Brown said. "We have a pretty good relationship from when he was at Florida. He's a great person and that's the main reason why I chose VCU."
Brown is also strong and athletic, but the common denominator among the players that Grant and his staff are bringing in is their work ethic.
``Myk works extremely hard – both in practice and in the games," PK Yonge High coach Mark Griseck said. "He goes hard every day and is very committed to improving his game. He'll have a great career there."
``He really shot the ball well this summer," added Griseck. "He's a big, strong kid and so is Lance Kearse. They're going to have a real good team."