Archbishop Molloy (Briarwood, N.Y.) junior center Moses Brown visited Maryland for the first time during the summer, and Dec. 10 the 7-foot, 220-pounder had a chance to take in his first Terps’ game. The four-star big man was in town with his teammates, who were playing at a local high school tournament at nearby Gonzaga (Washington, D.C.).
“I had fun back at Maryland. It was good to be there again. I didn’t stay for the whole game, but Maryland has great fans and a good team,” said Brown, who has offers from the likes of UMD, Florida, Arizona, Louisville, St. John’s, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Cal and more. “I like the way they play, and I like their coaches.”
Brown didn’t have a chance to interact with the UMD staff on campus, but later that night he spotted head coach Mark Turgeon and recruiter Bino Ranson in the stands for his game. The budding big counts the two Maryland coaches as some of his favorites to talk to.
“They’re good coaches, and I liked how they came out to see me. I had a bad game [Dec. 10], but they told me they thought I played well and just continued to support me. They say I’m their guy," Brown said. “They’re consistent recruiting me, Coach Bino texts me like every day, and they’re just trying to build my interest in the school. It’s been good.”
Brown also mentioned he likes Maryland as a school and how it’s not too far from his New York home. He gave props to strength coach Kyle Tarp as well.
“I like their weight room and their strength program. They do a good job building up players and developing bigs there,” Brown said. “I also like the campus and the facilities. They have a great arena, and it’s a great place to play.”
Brown, though, isn’t about to include Maryland on any sort of early favorites list. He said he’s “enjoying the process” right now and won’t begin to think about leaders until his senior year.
That said, Brown admitted there are some programs that have prioritized him and have his ear.
“Just about every school that’s offered me is in contact. But I’d say coaches from Cal, Kansas, Maryland, Seton Hall, Florida, Louisville, Arizona and St. John’s – my father knows the coach there well -- those are the schools I talk to the most,” Brown said.
So far, Brown has been to Maryland, UConn and St. John’s. He also recently watched Duke take on Florida in Madison Square Garden. Duke hasn’t offered but has shown interest in Brown, while the Molloy product does hold a Gators’ verbal.
“That was a really good game and I enjoyed it a lot. Duke has some great freshmen, and they play physical and get up and down the court real quick,” Brown said. “And Florida looks like a real strong team too. I have an offer from Florida, and that’s a school I’m interested in.”
Brown said he probably wouldn’t be venturing out much during his high school season. But once that ends, he wants to check out Kentucky, Duke and Louisville, in addition to others that may offer this winter.
“I feel like I’m a good rebounder, I run the floor well, finish in close, have good hands, and do a good job doing the dirty work,” Brown said. “But my main focus is expanding my game and being more than like a traditional big man. My last game, I didn’t feel like I was physical enough and I missed some shots I normally make. So I’ve got to be more consistent.”