Brown Preps For Title Game; Has Top Eight

Anthony Brown is set for a state title match up this weekend. Following the big game, he'll dive into the recruiting process a little more.

Anthony Brown has never been this far in the state tournament, and nether has his coach, Jim Harris. Actually in Harris' 31-year head coaching career at Huntington Beach (Calif.) Ocean View, he'd never made it past the regional semi-final.

That is until this season. On Saturday, led by Brown, a junior standout, the Seahawks will play Sacred Heart Cathedral for the Division III state title in Sacramento (Calif.).

"This is the farthest in school history," Brown said. "I'm pretty excited about it. Hopefully we can win and be the best team."

"It's what I wanted to do when I came to Ocean View," he continued. "My coach is getting pretty old and he's been coaching for like 30 years so I just want to get him a state championship before he leaves."

Brown, a 6-foot-6, 175-pound wing, is having a terrific junior campaign. He's one of the main reasons Ocean View sits 27-7 and he said he's spent a considerable amount of time in the weight room and is becoming a more all around player.

"We started off pretty rocky," Brown said. "But I think we've won 20 in a row and my production has really gone up. I'm starting to get double-doubles. I'm getting a little stronger and I've gotten a little taller. I'm also a better slasher now."

Following the high school season, Brown will focus more attention on the recruiting process. He's developed a top eight and recently has taken unofficial visits to Stanford and UCLA.

"The Stanford trip was great," Brown said. "I got to meet the whole staff and I got to talk to the players. I went to the Stanford/Cal game and I got to talk to coach [Johnny] Dawkins and we talked about what my role might be if I went there and we talked about how I could get in academically."

"It was pretty fun," he said about his trip to UCLA. "A lot of people were up there. Tyler Honeycutt was up there and Kendall Williams was up there and a couple of other people. I actually went to two games."

Brown has also taken a trip to Southern California. Next up on his visit list is to see the both Arizona schools, Washington and California.

Brown's list of his top eight schools consists of Arizona, Arizona State, California, Stanford, USC, UCLA, Texas and Washington.

"I'm in the middle stages right now," he said. "I've watched a lot of the schools during the season to see their style of play. I've been talking to a lot of head coaches and I've taken a couple of visits. I'll probably decide during the summer."

Brown, who is planning to play with the Southern California All-Stars during the spring and summer, is starting to develop a list of favorites.

"Nobody is really sticking out a lot," Brown said. "I do have a lot of interest in Stanford and Arizona and a couple of other schools, but mostly those two and Washington."

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