VCU Nets Athletic Duo

Anthony Grant is a Florida guy and the new VCU head man - who won a national title last year as an assistant with the Gators - went back to his old turf to pull a pair of big-time athletes. Lance Kearse and Myk Brown pledged to VCU within hours of one another.

New VCU coach Anthony Grant has used his roots in the Sunshine State to get a pair of athletic, hard-nosed players on the same day.

Grant, a Florida native and former Gators assistant, received commitments from forwards Lance Kearse and Myk Brown within hours of one another.

``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."

The 6-foot-4, 200-pound Brown averaged 14 points and 8.5 rebounds per game at PK Yonge High. He also scheduled visits to Colorado State, UMass and East Carolina.

``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."

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