Sterling Brown is a 6'-4" small forward from Proviso East High School who has big-ime upside. The sophomore is the younger brother of Los Angeles Lakers guard Shannon Brown. He is starting to emerge out of his brother's shadow, and college coaches are noticing. Illinois is starting to show the wing it is interested.
He grew up watching his brother play at Michigan State, but also likes what he sees in the Illinois program. The wing especially likes the recent talent they have brought into the fold.
"It is a good program. They have a good coach and good group of young guys coming in. I would love to play with them."
The Illini are in the extremely early stages of recruiting Brown. They are still identifying the group of prospects they plan to pursue. Brown has received some contact from the staff.
"They sent me a letter one time. It was like a questionnaire."
As of now, Brown is hearing heavily from a couple of mid-major programs.
"The schools recruiting me right now are Dayton and Detroit."
This will certainly change in the near future as he gets more exposure this spring and summer on the AAU circuit. He played very well recently on the big stage at the City Suburban Showdown against Lyons Township, recording 14 points and 5 rebounds.
Brown discussed several of the strengths in his game.
"Rebounding, my mid-range jump shot, and attacking the basket. My three point shot is getting a little bit better."
He has excellent physical tools in size and length for a college small forward. This combined with his skill set make him an intriguing prospect.
His ball handling skills are good enough for a small forward, and his shot reaches out to the three point arc. He would be more consistent if not leaning forward while shooting his jumper.
The sophomore rebounds well from the wing position. He makes crisp passes, moves the ball quickly and makes smart decisions. His athleticism is not quite the same as his older brother, but it is still high.
The move that wowed scouts and fans alike in the Lyons game was when he pump-faked his defender out of his shoes, took a strong drive past him, and pulled up with a bank shot for two points. It is moments like, when an individual shows a high level of skill and athleticism, that can put players on the map.
Brown has a game that will warrant high major offers down the line. He has the look of a top 10 player in the state of Illinois class of 2013.