Michigan Coach John Beilein has been flying the friendly skies frequently in his first year in Ann Arbor. He’s already made numerous trips to California to see prospects like Klay Thompson and Darius Morris. One of the other youngster’s he has made it a point to evaluate is Santa Ana Mater Dei F, Andy Brown.
“Coach Beilein has been out here to my school about two or three times,” Brown reported. “He offered me back in January. I spoke with him last Thursday and we talked about how the season was going. He told me he can’t wait to get me up to Michigan for a visit. I will visit Michigan in a month or two.”
Michigan’s interest the 6-8 210-pounder has steadily grown because of his consistency on the court. He can handle the ball, shoot from the outside, and rebound. He displays the kind of comfort on the perimeter that is necessary in John Beilein’s system.
“I actually prefer to play on the wing and dribble penetrate,” said Brown. “I take what the defense gives me. I am very comfortable out there.”
Fortunately for Michigan, the interest they’re showing in Brown appears to be mutual. The he learns about the Maize & Blue the more he likes what the program has to offer.
“I like the history of the school and they are always on TV a lot,” he said. “Plus I like their style of play. It fits me. They spread the floor so the players can make plays.”
Michigan is joined by Utah, Northwestern and Santa Clara on Brown’s offer sheet, but they are by no means the only schools showing interest. Notre Dame, California and UNLV are paying him more attention as well. At this point he appears content to take a patient approach to his recruitment so he can continue to weigh his options.
“I want to go someplace that not only has a good basketball program, but also good academics,” Brown told Scout.com’s Greg Hicks. “I’m looking to see where I fit in best with the players, coaches and students. I’m not really sure yet about location. I’d kind of like to stay in the west, but Michigan and Notre Dame are both great schools. If I don’t end up at one of those two, I’ll probably stay in the west. As far as early playing time, I definitely want to play as soon as I get there.”
“I will make a decision sometime in the summer,” Brown told GoBlueWolverine recently. “I just really need to see how a school fits me as far as the players and the coaching staff.”