If there was a breakout event for 2017 wing Chaundee Brown First Academy in Clearmont, Fla., it was the Peach Jam.
If there was a breakout moment in that event for Brown, it was this one:
His Nike South Beach team was battling to stay close with the PSA Cardinals, one of the contenders to win the prestigious event, and 7-foot-1 center Zach Brown had fouled out so a lot was on Chaundee Brown’s shoulders.
PSA tried multiple defenders on Brown, but he kept scoring, so they put 6-foot-7 strong, athletic forward Hasahn French on him.
Brown had a live dribble, leaned as if he was going to drive then rose up for a 3. French didn’t flinch and jumped with him.
With French’s hand almost giving him a high-five on the release and the two almost eye to eye, Brown stuck the 3.
Brown went on to score 20 points, shooting 3-for-6 from the arc, and keep his team in it until the end of an 88-79 loss to a team with at least seven high-major prospects.
Performances like that one caught the attention of Indiana coach Tom Crean and assistant Chuck Martin, both of whom watched that game and others in person.
That led to Indiana offering Brown and scholarship on Saturday night.
Brown is a four-star prospect ranked No. 55 in the 2017 class by Scout.com.
Listed at 6-foot-5 and 204 pounds, Brown has very good strength for the position.
He is quick, fast and gets around defenders on the perimeter — a talented program like PSA put four different defenders on him including Mohamed Bamba, a five-star center with a 7-foot-9 wingspan.
Brown at the Peach Jam showed he can finish in congestion and through contact due to his strength. He also showed both a change of direction and change of speed on drives to get defenders off balance.
Brown also hit short-range jumpers, stopping drives a dribble into the paint instead of going all the way to the rim at times, and rebounded very well for his position.
In the two games of his at the Peach Jam that peegs.com watched, Brown shot 6-for-12 from the arc, those coming against the PSA Cardinals and Speice Indy Heat.
In those two games combined, Brown scored 40 points, with 18 of those points come from the arc, 14 coming in the paint and six coming at the free throw line.
“He’s one of thoese kids that gives you everything,” Nike South Beach coach Edward Francis told peegs.com. “I would say the best aspect is every part of his game.
“He plays on both sides of the ball. He attacks. He knocks down shots. He’s turned a corner with his shot. He’s knocking them down. He scores at all three levels and he has a will to win.”
In five games at the Peach Jam, Brown averaged 22 points per game.
He shot 46 percent (12-for-26) from the arc and 53 percent (41-for-77) from the field overall.
In 18 Nike EYBL games this spring and summer, Brown shot 42 percent (27-for-65) from the arc and 52 percent (130-for-251) overall.
“I think he turned the corner against PSA,” Francis said. “Being the first time in the Peach Jam, not knowing what to expect with all the coaches there, I think he turned the corner in that game and showed that he’s one of the top kids in the country.”
This spring, Brown has picked up scholarship offers from Indiana, Kansas, Georgia Tech, Xavier, Maryland and Memphis.
North Carolina and others also are now expressing interest. The main programs in Florida as well as a number of SEC programs also have offered.
“He’s not a kid that’s set on anything,” Francis said. “He has no boundaries to where he goes. He wants to go to a basketball program, help change a program, make it better and get better.
“They (Indiana) like him because he reminds them of a young Dwyane Wade, a kid that’s going to come in, he’s going to change the work ethic of the guys because he’s going to push them at every level.
“I think he’s a kid you can build your program around.”