Brown the player Georgia basketball needs

ATHENS – Georgia coach Dennis Felton had one more scholarship to hand out this spring, and he used it on the type of player he needs the most.

Takais Brown, a 6-foot-8, 250-pound junior college power forward from Flint, Mich., faxed a signed letter-of-intent to the Bulldogs on Tuesday.

"He's kind of an old school power forward, can really play on the low block," said Todd Franklin, who coached Brown at Southeastern Illinois Junior College. "He's going to block shots and he can dunk the basketball on you. He's not a plodder, but he's a big, strong guy. To be honest with you, I think he's probably the best power player in the country in junior colleges, maybe the best available in the spring period."

Brown is considered one of the top 10 junior college prospects in the country by JucoJunction.com. He averaged 19.3 points and 9.4 rebounds and 2.2 blocks per game for Southeastern last season.

"We are very pleased that Takais has joined our program," Felton said. "He helps us in the areas of strength and athleticism and should really contribute to our scoring and rebounding production in the frontcourt."

Brown made official visits to Georgia, Purdue and UNLV. He also was recruited by Indiana, Cincinnati and Ohio State.

"The list was endless of guys trying to get in here," Franklin said. "They all had the same deal, they all needed somebody to come in and play immediately."

The Bulldogs had not announced Brown's signing as of Wednesday evening, and Coach Dennis Felton could not be reached for comment. Felton has to be happy, though.

Georgia's top five scorers last year were guards. Lanky forward Younes Idriss was the teaw's top scoring and rebounding big man with 6.5 points and 3.5 boards per game.

Brown "will fit a need for Georgia," Franklin said. "I think he'll provide a surge for them."

Brown joins 6-foot-10 forward Albert Jackson of Oak Hill Academy in Georgia's Class of 2006. Jackson signed in the fall.


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