Healthy Brown Ready for Big Summer

After flexing some muscle down the stretch for his Richfield (Minn.) team last season, standout shooting guard Ray Brown wants to emerge on a national scale this summer. And the chances of that happening are good, since the 6-foot-6, 185-pounder is healthy after a devastating knee injury early in his high school career.

Brown and Team Minnesota opened play two weeks ago at a tournament in Houston, but won just one of three games without the services of another heralded junior prospect Brandon Smith.

Brown averaged 13 points, six rebounds and three assists in those games. Next up for Brown is a stop in Kansas for the Bob Gibbons Jayhawk Invitation the weekend of May 7th.

For Brown this summer will be about gaining respect on a national scale, something that has been tough to come by after his knee injury.

"I've come a long ways since then," said Ray Brown, one of ISU's top priorities in the junior class. "I could barely even walk and now my left leg is real strong, almost as strong as my right. I'm 100 percent now."

While Iowa State coaches would love to see one of their prized recruits get national publicity, it could also work against them in a way.

The Cyclones have long been the front-runner for Brown, who has also considered Minnesota, Wisconsin, Dayton and Indiana State. But if he's able to shine in front of bigger competition this summer, it could turn some more schools onto him.

However, at this point, ISU looks very good in its pursuit of Brown.

"Iowa State is my number one school right now," he said. "Wisconsin was in there, but I don't know now because I haven't talked to them in a while. Minnesota has been talking to me a lot lately."

At this point, Brown believes the Cyclones could be his best fit both on and off the court.

"I like a lot of stuff about them," he said. "The coaches and players – everybody is cool. They're just a family. Coach (Wayne) Morgan is a real cool dude and I can talk to him about stuff. I also really like the school. Everything just seems cool."

"I think I'd fit in well, because they've got Curtis Stinson and Will Blalock. I could go in there and either be the two or three. They want me to come in there and be a shooter, so I've just got to keep working on my shot. They get out and run a lot, too, and that's what I like to do."

Brown indicated he's already been to Ames twice in unofficial visits, and was last in town during the weekend of the Kansas game.

A pre-summer commitment could be the best-case scenario for ISU's coaches, but is that in Brown's plans?

"I'll probably make a decision in the fall, then sign before my season starts," he said.


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