Brown's stock keeps rising

Proviso East standout Sterling Brown has seen his name rise as one of the best prospects in the state of Illinois. Led be associate head coach Tavaras Hardy, Northwestern has made a strong push for the senior-to-be.

Sterling Brown's star has risen quickly since his performance in the Illinois 4A state championship game in March. Brown scored 25 points for Proviso East in their narrow defeat to Simeon, holding his own in a matchup with the heralded Jabari Parker.

With Northwestern associate head coach Tavaras Hardy in the building that night, Brown received his offer from the Wildcats shortly afterward. A series of strong performances with the Mac Irvin Fire on the AAU circuit this spring propelled the 6-foot-3 wing into's top 100 for the class of 2013, checking in at number 82 overall with a four-star rating.

Brown and Hardy have kept in touch, and spoke recently about taking an initial visit to Northwestern's campus. Still gathering information about the Wildcats, Brown, a rising senior, has found a number of things that appeal to him already.

"I really like [Northwestern's] level of improvement, and them as a school just trying to have the best for their students," Brown said. "They keep getting better, and the coaches really work with their guys. They play with a good level of aggressiveness."

As an athletic, versatile wing player, Brown sees a little bit of himself in current Northwestern standout Drew Crawford.

"I've seen [Crawford] a couple times, he's a good athlete and likes to get up and down," Brown said. "It reminds me of the team we had [at Proviso East], and I can see myself in that position."

One influential figure in Brown's recruitment is his older brother, Shannon, who plays for the NBA's Phoenix Suns. The elder Brown played Big Ten basketball for Coach Tom Izzo and Michigan State, who are also recruiting Sterling.

"[Shannon] has talked to a college coaches about me, and had a couple call," Brown said. "He's just been telling me to go to a school that wants you—don't go somewhere that you want to go, but where they aren't as interested as you are."

Continuing to gain the attention of programs nationwide, Brown's recruitment is very much open at the moment. As his stock continues to increase, Brown will take his time narrowing down his options.

"I'm just taking my schools in, and then pretty soon I'm going to look at where I want to go," Brown said. "Right now I'm interested in a lot of schools, but I just want to play basketball and keep getting better."

Brown listed Colorado, DePaul, Illinois, Louisville, Marquette, Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska, Providence and Xavier along with Northwestern.

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