2006 Focus: Jejuan Brown

6'7 Jejuan Brown of St. Andrew's Episcopal School in Jackson, Mississippi is the top prospect in the sophomore class from the Magnolia State.

Jejuan Brown is rated as the top sophomore in talent-laden Mississippi. He's a big, talented kid that possesses guard skills and an even better personality off the court.

"At his size he can handle the ball like a guard," St. Andrew's head coach Todd Yates. "He's like a guard in a forward's body. He's a good passer and his skills are good enough to play the two."

Brown attended Biloxi High School as a freshman before moving north to Jackson, where he attends St. Andrew's Episcopal School.

Like most young players, Brown needs to improve defensively and learn to play more aggressively at both ends of the court. And he might also need to develop a little more selfishness on the scoring end of the court.

"He's got to work on being more aggressive on the defensive end of the floor," Yates explained. "And sometimes he can be too unselfish on offense."

According to Yates, Brown is an even better person off the hardwood than he is on it.

"Off the court, he's a great kid," Yates said. "He's a better person than a basketball player. He's very mild mannered, respectful, and extremely likable. He's never gotten in any trouble."

Attending the number one rated academic school in Mississippi, Brown has no problems in the classroom.

"He's a good student in the classroom," Yates said. "Qualifying will not be a problem for Jejuan."

Brown played well against some of the best competition in the Magnolia state this season, and dominated Moss Point's David Booker, who's considered the state's co-best player along with Brown in the sophomore class.

"Jejuan had 21 points, 9 rebounds, and 5 blocks against him," Yates said. "And he had four dunks in the game."

At 6-foot-7, 220-pounds, Yates thinks Brown has just about tapped out in the growth department.

"I think he's done growing," Yates said. "He's going to make somebody a good college player, though."

On the recruiting front, several schools have emerged on his trail. Brown is receiving interest from several SEC schools, including Mississippi State, Alabama, Mississippi, Kentucky, all of which he's made unofficial visits to.

Brown also likes Louisville, and grew up admiring the Cardinals' Rick Pitino while he coached at the University of Kentucky in the 90's.


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