"It hurt," said Brown. "I really wanted to play with them because it's kind of like my team over there. I know everything we want to do. Over here I work out with everybody else but didn't know everything they try to do. I wanted to get down here though."
"Down here" is the triangle of North Carolina, specifically NC State, the program that has pursued Brown vigorously. After finding out his regular team was out of the TOC, Brown ended up catching on with the World Wide Renegades Black, the AAU team he played all spring and summer with in 2007.
An intriguing perimeter prospect, Brown is capable of playing as a distributor or scorer and is strong in transition or working in a halfcourt offense. During the tournament, he looked comfortable playing with World Wide Black, spending time at point guard and shooting guard while leading them to a 2-2 record.
"It was different because I really don't know the plays, but [coach Johnson] doesn't have too many plays," said Brown. "What I did was just go off what he tells me to do. It's pretty easy to listen to him, but it was tough because I didn't know the out-of-bounds plays."
Brown stated playing with 2010 standouts Phil Taylor and C.J. Leslie made the transition much easier than it could have been. Brown and Taylor are best friends, hanging out with each other all weekend, and Leslie, recently rated the No. 13 player in the 2010 class by Scout.com, seemed to really work well with Brown. In the tourney opener, the duo teamed-up on back-to-back plays late in the game to secure the win for the Renegades.
Leslie, who is committed to NC State, talks up the Wolfpack to Brown.
"He talks to me a lot about [going to NC State]," said Brown. "It's great playing with C.J. because he thinks like I think. I know where he's going to be, and he knows where I'm going to be. We kind of feed off each other. It's easy playing with him."
Brown is a major target for NC State and a host of programs. Rated the No. 14 player in the country by Scout.com, the five-star prospect continues to list NC State, Memphis, and Florida with Texas recently checking in. Does he have a leader?
"Not yet," he stated. "It's going to be NC State, Florida, Memphis, and Texas called the other day. My decision is going to be whenever... it could be anytime."
Here are his thoughts on some of the programs currently under consideration.
Florida: "I like coach Donovan. I watch him on TV a lot, and he gets a lot of wins. I want to see how he is."
Memphis: "[Derrick] Rose... I like him."
Texas: "I don't know too much about Texas. I just watch [D.J.] Augustin go off... that's pretty much what I want to do."
NC State: "I like coach Lowe a lot. I know they want me bad. I talk to J.J. [Hickson] about the school... he said he likes it here."
When it comes time to announce a decision, Brown knows what he will be looking for in a college.
"I'm going to look at the education and where I feel comfortable with the players and the team."
As a junior, Brown averaged averaging 25 points, nine rebounds, and seven assists.