Rising Small Forward Returns From Raleigh

Dayton (OH) Chaminade-Julienne Forward Derrick Brown completed his final unofficial visit on Wednesday as he toured the NC State Wolfpack. Could announcing a decision be next?

"Well, I'm definitely down to four schools," Derrick Brown told StateFans. "North Carolina State, Michigan State, Xavier, and Dayton are the finalists. Others like Florida, Michigan, Ohio State, Miami, Arizona, and Wake Forest I turned away because I'm really comfortable with the schools I have left."

Derrick's recent trip to Raleigh, North Carolina apparently impressed the nation's No. 59 ranked prospect by TheInsiders.com.

"I liked it a lot," he said. "I really liked the organization of the visit and it showed how much they wanted me. I really like the business program and that's what I want to major in. I talked to the dean and I learned more about the school."

"I liked the facilities a lot too," he added. "They just laid everything out for me, and I liked that."

Brown has now visited NC State, Michigan State, Dayton, and Xavier.

"All the visits have been different... which is a positive," he said. "All have been very good visits so I can't make a bad decision."

There are always factors that go into a prospect's decision, and one of the most common is a team's style of play. Recruits must choose a program that best fits their abilities to achieve the most success on the next level. Derrick admitted that one team's style appeals to him.

"Honestly, I like North Carolina State's style of play a lot," he said. "Julius Hodge reminds me of how I play. I also like the fact that they don't scholarship a lot of players. That shows me there will be a chance to play early."

When asked to name what he liked about his four finalists, Brown gave reasons that suggests each school still remains in the mix.

Dayton: "I love the coaches at Dayton. They have been there for a long, long time. Honestly a year ago I wouldn't be considering Dayton and now they made my final four schools. That's a credit to their program."

Xavier: "Xavier and Dayton have been there from day one and I really like their coaching staff. There entire team is a bond and it's a family environment. I really like the academic lady and I feel comfortable with all of their staff."

Michigan State: "They have tradition, and I know if I go there I'll win. They play in a good conference and I like Coach Izzo. I feel like I could get to the next level at a school like that."

North Carolina State: "I love their facilities and the actual state of North Carolina... I always wanted to kind of get away from home. It was nice going down there. I like the opportunity to play, and I love their style of play. I can see myself being in that position there. It will push me the hardest because it is a tough game every night, but I can be successful."

Is he ready to name a leader?

"I have a leader right now, but I'm not ready to say," he said. "They are all really neck and neck because my top school changes almost every week. But right now I have one I'm thinking about the most."

Derrick hopes to have a decision before his senior season, and acknowledges that he could announce in the very near future.

"My decision can come as early as next week or in August," he said. "I just want to announce it when I'm certain of where I want to go."

"Being comfortable... going to the place where I want to be will be important."

Author's Note: Brown, who is fully qualified, finished his junior season averaging 15 points and 8 rebounds for one of the finest programs in Ohio. He's an athletic wing who is versatile enough to play shooting guard, small forward, or power forward. At 6'7 and 190 pounds he still maybe growing and his length creates matchup problems for opposing teams.

At this point I think NC State, Xavier, and Michigan State are strong here. Will he choose to stay close to home and play for Xavier or head to a big-time conference and play for the Wolfpack or Spartans? Fact is Derrick's an underrated prospect that's coveted by a lot of teams. A decision could come in the very near future and I think NC State only helped their chances with a great unofficial visit.

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