Brown Helps Mater Dei To Title

Andy Brown's junior season ended with a state championship, just as his sophomore campaign did, but this time around he had much more of an impact.

Last year Taylor King and Kamyron Brown led Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei to a state title. This season with King at Duke and Brown at Oregon, the Monarchs didn't have a drop off as they beat San Jose (Calif.) Archbishop Mitty for the Division II crown.

Among the guys that picked up the slack when King and Brown left for college was Andy Brown. The 6-foot-8, 200-pound forward put up 15 points and seven rebounds per game, including an 18-point, 13-rebound performance in the title game.

"It was the second year in a row that we've won," Brown, a three-star prospect on, said. "Last year when we won we were involved, but it wasn't like we were the big thing."

"Last year Taylor did most of our scoring and this year four or five guys averaged double figures," he said. "We were more of a team this year and I think that's why it was better this year than last year."

Although Brown certainly had a big year he did have plenty of help from North Carolina commits David and Travis Wear, as well as sophomore guard Gary Franklin.

"It's fun playing with them," Brown said. "We all share the ball pretty well. On any given night one of us can go off."

Brown had plenty of colleges critiquing his play this season and he even picked up a few scholarship offers. Michigan, Utah, San Diego, Santa Clara and Santa Barbara have offered and he's also receiving interest from a few Pac-10 programs.

"Right now I kind of like San Diego and Michigan," Brown said. "Those are probably my top two. A lot of other people are starting to call like Arizona and Cal. A lot of the Ivy League schools are calling too."

The next step for Brown is to take some unofficial visits. He's hoping to visit Michigan in the near future.

"I'm going to take a visit to Michigan and that'll probably be the first school that I visit," said. "I'm going to try and visit there in the next month or so. I want to go see Coach Beilein and see how I fit in there."

Brown, who plans to play with the So Cal All-Stars on the upcoming AAU circuit, said he hopes to have his decision made by the end of the summer.

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