How Good Is David Brown?

One of the nation's top basketball prospects in the class of 2009 hails from the Land of Lincoln. David Brown from Rockton Hononegah High School has received major interest from some big-time programs. Read here for more on Brown and what happened with the Illini.

David Brown is a 6-3 guard whose stature is blowing up on the Illinois high school basketball scene. He's a strong guard with a smooth stroke who plays with passion and makes those around him better. Too many times players at his age forget about the team and will focus on individual play, but not Brown.

We caught up with Brown's high school coach Mike Miller to tell us a little about his recruitment and his off-season.

"David's been battling an ankle injury but he's about 85% healthy right now and that's still really good," Miller said. "He's had a great spring and a good start to his summer."

According to Miller, the list of suitors keeps growing for Brown, "I think right now he's at fifteen schools," Miller said. Miller cited major conference schools such as DePaul, Northwestern, Oklahoma State, and Cincinnati as universities that have shown interest in the talented guard. The coach also indicated that Brown had attracted attention from mid-major schools such Northern Illinois, Loyola, and Eastern Illinois.

Depending on who you pose the question to, Brown is one of the best guards and players in the state, so why didn't he get more interest from his state university? "Well I think at Illinois it was a case of already having a lot of good guards committed to them," Miller said. "They know about David, but at some point it becomes a numbers game."

So who will get the nod for his services? That's still to be determined, but we asked Miller if there was a clear-cut favorite. "There's no leader at this point but DePaul was the first major school to offer him," Miller said.

Illinois Head Coach Bruce Weber changed his style of recruiting this past year by going after players regardless of their age and putting decisive offers on the table. This strategy landed the Illini a nice group of guards for the future in D.J. Richardson, Brandon Paul, Joseph Bertrand and Crandall Head.

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