Rising Junior to Watch: Marshall Brown

<i>Inside Carolina</i> contributer Jeff Markman reports on 2004 wing forward Marshall Brown from this weekend's Atlanta Basketball Classic.

Marshall Brown
Houston Superstars
WF, Class of 2004
Austin (TX) Johnson
v. G-Rebs II: 17 points (all in the 2nd half after foul trouble in the first)
v. Kansas City Nets: 18 points

Scouting Brown:

Brown is a well-proportioned, well-built wing who is an agile scorer from the outside in. In the morning game, the G-Rebs had no answer for him on the block, where he used quickness and body control to pour in lay-up after lay-up in opening up the first substantial lead for the Houston Superstars. Later, Brown showed more consistency in scoring 18 points in similar fashion against the KC Nets.

His outside shot could use some fine tuning, but he still is a capable jump shooter. In time, Brown should develop his perimeter game and be a true long-range threat. He has an excellent first step that he uses to blow by defenders when taking the ball to the cup, and has the frame to become a very strong inside-outside player.

Interview with Marshall Brown, after defeating the G-Rebs II squad Friday morning:

JM: I know it's early, but who are the schools you like right now?

MB: I like North Carolina, Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas, and, that's about it. That's all that are really recruiting me hard right now.

JM: You were killing them on the low blocks out there. Do you think that's the best part of your game?

MB: No, not really. I had to because we lost a couple of our big men, so I had to go down low. But, it really doesn't matter where Coach puts me; I'm just going to play, regardless. But I'm really a three. I'm kind of quick off my first step, so that's what I usually get people with.

JM: You mentioned North Carolina as one of the schools that was recruiting you; what do you like about North Carolina?

MB: I like their style of play. I like Coach Doherty; he's pretty cool. I've met a couple of the players, they're really cool. I've been on the campus, and I like the campus and the whole atmosphere over there.

JM: Again, I know its early, but do you have a timetable for making a decision yet?

MB: Not really. It's pretty open right now. I'm just going to kind of try and wait it out, take my visits, and stuff like that.

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