The 6-foot-3, freshman guard from West Palm Beach, Fla., touched Xavier for 25 points on Monday in what would be a 26-point, 103-77, KSU loss to the Musketeers.
Prior to Brown's offensive explosion, he had scored just 36 points through the first 12 Wildcat games.
"Fred went through some bumps and bruises that freshmen go through," said KSU coach Frank Martin. "He's now made the adjustments to college life and some of the responsibilities that come with it."
In part, the adjustments came off the floor; in part, there have been on the court adjustments.
"We do have a structure, and when we're good everyone has to be on the same page," Martin said. "Fred didn't pick that up like everyone else did."
Against Xavier, Brown went 9-of-11 from the field, which included 5-of-6 shooting from 3-point range. While averaging just less than 10 minutes per game prior to Monday, Brown played 24 minutes against the Musketeers.
"Fred is a very, very capable scorer, and the good thing about that game was that all but one of Fred's baskets came out of the structure of what we're doing," said assistant coach Brad Underwood.
Brown simply said of his big game on a night were most everyone else under-achieved, "The shots were falling. Some people have off days, some have on days."
The final ruling came Thursday evening from David Worlock, a representative from the NCAA: "Based on an email exchange I had with (athletics director) Mike Bobinski at Xavier last month, we've ruled this game a neutral-site contest. It is our understanding that the arena gave both teams a guarantee, they secured an ACC officiating crew, managed tickets, and took care of nearly aspect of the game operations."
K-State has played six games away from Bramlage Coliseum this season, with all being played on a neutral court.
As of Wednesday, David Hoskins had still not returned to campus from his home in Detroit. Martin said that Hoskins would meet with doctors one more time after his return to decide his future in this 2007-08 season.
Martin said a decision would be made before the Jan. 12 Big 12 opener at Oklahoma.
Jamar Samuels, a recent 6-foot-8 transfer from The Patterson School in North Carolina, is still only practicing, but not playing. Martin said a decision would be made on Samuels' 2007-008 season prior to the Oklahoma game.
"Jamar has been good in practices, and we're going to play the guys who help us win," Martin said. "If he continues to show the ability to succeed in practice, it's going to be hard not to put him in a game."
Dominique Sutton, another Patterson School transfer over the holiday break, has been playing because "... he's more prepared to compete at a place where we have more of a necessity," Martin said of his 6-4 two-guard/small-forward.