Hoops Recruiting: Anthony Brown Q&A

One of Oklahoma State's top priorities with the April signing period nearing is finding a post player who can provide immediate help. That person could be Carl Albert Junior College's 6-8, 220-pound Anthony Brown, who averaged 21.4 points a game this past season as a sophomore. GoPokes.com had the opportunity to visit with Brown on Thursday, and here's what he had to say about his recruitment.

How is life treating you now that the basketball season has come to an end?
Brown: Good. I'm just focusing on my schoolwork more. I've got some free time and I have been trying to put that to good use by working out. I'm taking 17 hours this semester and will graduate in May.

Which schools are recruiting you the hardest?
Brown: Oklahoma State, Nevada and Kansas State.

Which schools have been recruiting you the longest?
Brown: Nevada has been recruiting me since the Thanksgiving break.

Is that something that makes a difference to you?
Brown: No, not really. It doesn't matter right now because they're all recruiting me. I just want to go with my heart. Whatever school is best for me, that's where I'll make my choice.

Do you have any recruiting visits lined up?
Brown: Yes, I'm going to Nevada on April 6, 7 and 8, and then on April 13-14 will go to Oklahoma State. I think I'm going to go to Kansas State on April 27-28, but that's not set yet.

What do you like about each of those schools?
Brown: Nevada is a winning program that always makes it to the (NCAA) tournament. They've got a spot for me since (Nick) Fazekas is leaving. That's a good deal for me because I can step in and play right away. The program is legit.
Kansas State is pretty much the same thing. (Head coach Bob) Huggins has been around a long time, and he knows what he's doing with juco players. I think he can help me get better and help me get to the next level.
Oklahoma State is just like both of them. The coaching staff is real nice. They are going to be needing someone to replace (Mario) Boggan, and that's a good deal for me. I think that would be a good spot up there for me.

What was the difference in your game this season as compared to a year ago as a freshman?
Brown: I basically learned from (former Carl Albert standout and current Oral Roberts post player) Shawn King a year ago. When the summer came I really worked out hard, lifted a lot of weights and tried to make myself a better player.

Did you expect to have this type of season?
Brown: Yeah, I expected it. That was my mindset entering the season. (Carl Albert head) Coach (Mike) St. John really talks about working hard and playing consistent every game and that's what I tried to do.

How would you describe yourself as a player?
Brown: Coachable. Leadership skills. I love basketball, and a great motivator.

What is your strength as a player?
Brown: Probably my ability to shoot the ball. I can go outside but I spent most of this season in the post. I can score inside with both hands. When I was in high school I broke my right wrist and I started working with my left hand, and have been using both since then.

What do you need to get better at to play next season in major college?
Brown: Playing defense. That's my new goal. I'm really working on getting faster, jumping a little higher and playing better defense.

What was your best game this past season?
Brown: I'd have to say against Fort Smith at our house. I was 3-for-5 on three-pointers and finished with 34 points, nine rebounds and four assists.

I know that you've dedicated yourself in the classroom the past two years. What made you decide to do that, and how important is it that you also get a four-year degree?
Brown: It's always been important for me to keep my grades up, even when I was younger. My mother taught me that you can't get anywhere without academics. I want to have something to fall back on in case I don't make it to the next level. I'm very fortunate that I've got my grades. My overall grade point is 3.06. My best semester was as a freshman when I made a 3.6.

What's your major going to be?
Brown: Business and management.

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