Joffery Brown Shows Promise For 2015

Last month, the University of Illinois played host to some of the best talent the state of Illinois has to offer in the upcoming recruiting classes. Amongst that talent was guard Joffery Brown, a budding star from St. Joseph's of Westchester.

Joffery Brown, a 6'-1" guard attending St. Joseph's in Westchester, visited Illinois on October 15th to take in a practice that was open to the public.

"It was my third visit to Illinois. Visiting the U of I was great motivation for me. I had an opportunity to talk to Coach (Bruce) Weber and Coach Jerrance (Howard). They motivated me and made it known that in order to play at basketball at a high level you need to have your grades in order.

"I was able to watch practice for about 40 to 45 minutes. After, I saw the weight room, the coach's room, the trophies and other things like that. Then, I went to the football game."

Besides Illinois, Brown has or will visit several other regional schools.

"I went down to DePaul for their Midnight Madness. I visited Northwestern the week after Illinois, and I'll be visiting Missouri this month. I don't really know too much about the schools, so I'm just learning more about them.

St. Joseph's is a prestigious basketball program with a rich history. That history played a role in Brown deciding to play for Coach Gene Pingatore.

"I thought Coach Pingatore and the coaching staff would help me reach my full potential. He's coached some of the best guards, like Isaiah Thomas and Evan Turner. He teaches you about the game, and that's all I want to do, learn more about the game and become a best player. He also makes you play defense.

Brown feels his defense is an asset.

"My defense has gotten better over the years. When I began playing against faster kids, I had to move my feet, and that's when my defense started getting better. It's a strong point of my game."

Brown's offense utilizes his athletic ability.

"I'd say getting to the basket is the strongest part of my game."

Since the high school season has yet to begin, Brown is in the middle of preseason preparations.

"We've been conditioning and weightlifting, and now we've started practices."

Brown thinks he'll be able to contribute this year, but he knows he'll have to earn it.

"I think I'll have to work my way up [to the varsity level] during the course of the season. No matter how much I play, I just want to learn. Coach Ping will help me out there."

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