Sterling Brown is a big shooting guard who has been known primarily for his perimeter shooting ability. This summer he began to beat opponents off the bounce and to get his teammates involved with his passing.
Brown talked about what he improved on the most this summer.
"My overall ability to score. Nick (Irvin) worked on getting me more aggressive and tough. That is one thing that I definitely got better."
Opponents, scouts, and coaches agree he can shoot the ball with the best, but Brown knows he needs to bring more offensively.
"Going to the basket is something you need to have in your game. You can't always settle for a jump shot. If it is not falling, you have to go to something else."
He is looking forward to Proviso East kicking off the 2011-2012 high school season in November at the State Farm Tournament of Champions in Washington, Illinois. Brown would like a return trip south of Chicago to end the year.
"I am looking for big things this year. We are trying to have a real good record. Things are looking good right now. We are gelling together on and off the court. We are looking to go downstate."
Along with two-time state champ Chicago Simeon, Proviso comes in as one of the favorites for a state championship in 2012. Does he like the expectations?
"It is real good to know that everybody is going to be watching us and coming to our games. We are ready to show everyone what we can do."
He knows his role will expand now he's an upperclassman.
"Along with Keith Carter, we are going to have to be the leaders. I will have to score, get my teammates involved and be a leader."
This summer, Brown earned an offer from the University of Illinois.
"They called my dad, and he told me the news. I talked to a couple of the coaches. They have been coming to my games. I saw them at almost every game at Las Vegas and Peach Jam."
What kind of contact has he been getting from the Fighting Illini?
"The coaches have been hitting me up on Facebook a lot, and they have been sending me letters every day. They said they liked how I played this summer and will continue to follow me."
Several things about his state school stand out him.
"I like the history and how it is close to home. I also like the coaches they have."
Jerrance Howard is his lead recruiter.
"He is a cool guy. He is young and understands the game."
What does the UI staff like about his game?
"My size and ability to score for my position."
There are no immediate plans for getting Brown on campus. The Illini are going to have a tough fight for Brown. His stock is on the rise, and he is getting a lot of interest.
"My offers are Illinois, DePaul, Wichita State and Ohio. I have been getting looks from Missouri, Missouri State, San Diego State, Illinois State, Tennessee, Wisconsin and some others. It is growing."
There are no favorites at this stage, but he knows what he wants."I will be looking for a good history, campus, coach and teammates. I don't really care about staying close to home. It will just be where I want to go."
What is his timetable? "I would like to decide sometime before my senior year."