Alec Brown Continues to Add Recruiting Looks

Alec Brown, a 7-foot center from Winona (MN) High, is one of the top available big men in the country. Brown helped lead the Winhawks to a back-to-back appearances in the Minnesota State Tournament. He averaged 24 points, 9.5 rebounds and 4.5 blocked shots per game this season and shot 67% from the field. GoldenSports.Net caught up with Brown to learn the latest on his recruitment.

Alec Brown has picked up a scholarship offer from Toledo. New Rocket head coach Tod Kowalczyk had recruited Brown at Wisconsin Green Bay and extended him an offer when he took over at the Mid-American Conference school.

Brown shined in the state tournament as her had 35 points, twelve rebounds and four blocked shots in their first round win over Orono as he made 16 of 23 shots from the field. He made just five of 21 shots against in an 80-55 loss eventual state champion St. Paul Johnson, but did finish with 15 points, ten boards and nine blocks. Brown bounced back in a 48-32 win over DeLaSalle in the third place game as he made nine of ten shots from the field to finish with 20 points, four boards and four blocked shots.

Brown told GoldenSports.Net that he was pleased with his team's play in the state tournament.

"We played great. We did the best we could. Got third place and we are all feeling good about it."

Brown was pleased with his individual play after scoring 70 points in his three state tournament games.

"It feels good. I thought that I played pretty good. I'm pretty happy with my performance."

Brown attracted the attention of college coaches from schools such as Washington State, Minnesota, Colorado State, Fairfield and others. Brown said that he knew that some coaches would be watching him.

"I was aware of some of them, but I saw a lot of big ones that I was pretty excited about."

Brown said that he tries to not pay attention to the coaches in the stands.

"During the game, I don't notice it at all. It all just blocks out and I just worry about the game."

Brown said that he is hearing from a variety of schools.

"Washington State, I'm looking at right now. There has been some new ones calling. Nothing really serious yet. Just new ones. Just kind of waiting to see what is going to happen."

Brown will return from a spring break trip to Mexico Sunday and plans to make some spring visits before making his decision.

"I might be taking a visit to Washington State. I have not made an official yet, but I am thinking about it. We'll just see what happens after that."

Brown said that he has no time frame for when he will make his college choice. He said that there will be several factors in making his college choice.

"Facilities. Mostly, it is the players and the coaches. How I can relate with them and how they are."

Brown is uncertain whether he will make his college decision before the late signing period starts April 14th.

"I honestly don't know. When I see a place that I want, if it feels right, I'll decide then."

Brown broke the Winona High single-game scoring and field-goals made mark with 44 points and 18 field goals earlier this season against Rochester John Marshall. He broke the school's blocked shot record with 12 against Mankato West as he recorded a triple-double with 22 points, 12 rebounds and 12 blocks.

Brown averaged 14.2 points and seven rebounds per game as Winona finished 17-11 last season. Brown missed the first 12 games, due to eligibility issues. However, he led Winona to a 13-3 mark in his final 16 games, losing to St. Cloud Tech 40-39 in the first round of the Class AAAA Tournament.

Brown has led the Winhawks to an 18-1 mark with their lone loss to Farmington when he was sidelined with an injury. He made official visits to Loyola and Wisconsin-Green Bay in the fall and is getting interest from Santa Clara, Northern Illinois and Washington State. The Cougars are expected to watch him this week.

Brown had received scholarship offers from schools such as Air Force, Bowling Green, Bucknell, Loyola-Chicago, Wisconsin-Green Bay, Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Fairfield, Oral Roberts, Florida Gulf Coast and South Dakota State this summer.

Brown has put on 15 pounds since the end of last season and has added another inch to reach seven-foot-one. He is working hard to improve himself as a player and bigger schools are showing interest with his strong play and postseason efforts.

Brown, who was 6-foot-3 two years ago, played for the Pump N Run AAU program this spring and summer. He comes from a basketball family. His father, Orrin Brown, played basketball at Grand View Community College in Des Moines, Iowa, then transferred to Winona State and his brother, Jordan, led the Winhawks to the state boys basketball tournament in 2007.

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