Recruit Update: Les Brown

For many high school students, summer is a time to relax and do a whole lot of nothing. That is no the case for aspiring Division I basketball players. When school lets out, the work has just begun.

At 6-5 and 190 pounds Les Brown has good size for a college shooting guard, considering that Jimmy Balderson was the only BYU Guard over 6-4. But Brown will be just a senior at Judge Memorial High School in the Salt Lake Valley for the 2005-06 season.

"I shoot well," he said, "but I was the best defensive player on our team and probably the best passer on the team as well."

Passing is something he will do more of next year too. One of his teammates is Daniel Deane, a four-star power forward who has garnered national attention from high-profile schools such as Arizona, Gonzaga, Kansas, Stanford, UCLA, and Utah. Just like last year, Brown's job will be to make sure that Deane gets plenty of touches. With all the attention Deane will get, scouts will have ample opportunity to see what Brown can do.

To help hone his skills, Brown will spend the summer playing AAU ball. His team, the Utah Pump N' Run, will be playing in both Las Vegas and Los Angeles this summer. Brown already has an idea of what he needs to work on.

"I need to work on my ball handling and then going more powerful to the rack and finishing," he said.

Brown also wants to put on some muscle. He lifts everyday and is doing agility drills, core strengthening and working to improve his vertical jump. And, like a good boy, he is drinking his milk.

"I think I still might have a little bit of growing to do," he said. "So I'm making sure to get my calcium."

The LDS prospect does have mission plans but did say that they are not definite. "I'm going to see what the future situation is," said brown. "It's something that I'm still thinking about."

What is definite is that several schools have expressed some interest in Brown. Those include Air Force, BYU, Gonzaga, Montana and Utah. Brown is no hurry to make a decision on where to play either.

"I'm still pretty much open," he said. "I'm going to see what happens this summer and see if anyone else talks to me or see if anyone else is interested. I'll decide from there."

TBS will be checking in with Les Brown later in the summer to see how his AAU team did and which way the recruiting wind is blowing.

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