Roydell Brown Checking Out Homecoming Weekend

A versatile Class of 2016 all-state wing from Helen Cox High in New Orleans, Roydell Brown will take an official visit this weekend to the Louisiana campus.

The 6-foot-5, 190-pound Brown claims offers from the Ragin’ Cajuns, Northwestern State, ULM, UTEP, Murray State, Middle Tennessee, Louisiana Tech, South Alabama, Texas State and Houston. Schools showing interest include Wake Forest, UMass, South Carolina, South Florida and East Carolina.

“I’ve been watching them for the past couple of years and I know it’s a good program,” Brown said of the Cajuns. “I went on an unofficial visit there about a month ago and I really liked the atmosphere and the coaches and wanted to go back for an official visit.”

Last season Brown helped lead Helen Cox (29-6) to the District 8-5A title — its first since 2008 — as the athletic slasher averaged 18 points per game. He garnered first team all-district honors and was Class 5A all-state honorable mention.

Over the summer Brown played travel ball with Elfrid Payton Elite of the Nike EYBL, Louisiana Dynasty and Jet Life Athletics.

Brown is mostly being recruited to play on the wing at the next level. Helen Cox lost eight seniors from last season’s Class 5A state quarterfinal team — including 5A MVP Marlain Veal (Southeastern Louisiana) and Kajon Brown (Tulsa) — so Brown will be asked to play a bigger role as a senior.

Over the summer Brown spent hours in the gym with a trainer working to improve his shooting stroke and range. In addition to being able to finish above the rim, Brown plays with a high motor and is a strong rebounder and defender.

“I’m a versatile player and can play from the 2 to the 5 and sometimes the 1,” Brown said. “Growing up I was short, so I had to play guard. When I got older and grew taller that really helped me to be able to play on the wing and inside. My best attribute is probably my dunking and being able to finish through contact. My first step is very quick. If I have a big man on me I can take them outside, and if I have a smaller guy I can go in the post.”

Brown plans to announce his college decision on Monday but is unsure whether he’ll sign his binding national letter of intent during the NCAA’s early signing period (Nov. 11-18) or spring period (April 13 to May 18).

“I want to start this season with the right mindset, so we can win a state championship,” Brown said. “Some players get caught up in the recruiting process and can’t focus. I don’t want it to be a distraction.”

Brown, whose father, Roy Brown, played at Arkansas-Monticello, is weighing several factors in his college decision.

“I want to find a school that makes me feel like family with players and coaches who get along and have no fussing,” Brown said. “Style of play also matters. I just want to feel comfortable.”

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