As a high schooler in Georgia, Justin Brownlee developed a reputation as a high level athlete. Now a sophomore at Chipola Junior College in Marianna, FL, the 6-foot-6 is proving that he's more than just a wing athlete capable of playing above the rim.
A versatile performer, Brownlee actually plays the role of sixth man for the number one ranked team in the country.
"We play up and down so everybody gets to play," said Brownlee. "My style is to play up and down so it's a good fit."
A much improved ball handler since his high school days, Brownlee actually spends a good portion of his time on the floor running the point. He is active on the glass, gets loose for buckets in transition and has developed a pretty reliable pull-up jump shooter from between 12 and 17 feet.
Having played his first year of junior college ball at San Francisco CC, things are just starting to pick up for Brownlee on the recruiting front.
"It's really been Saint John's and Oklahoma State that are recruiting me the most," said Brownlee. "Charlotte has been in a little too but that's about it right now."
Looking to take some visits after the season, Brownlee -- who has already visited Saint John's -- says that Travis Ford's Cowboys are in line for a visit if they want him to take one.
"They play hard and up and down," Brownlee told GoPokes.com. "I like what they're doing there."
For now, Brownlee is focused on helping lead his Chipola squad to a national championship. They are in Friday night's semifinals and once he gets back to campus he'll start moving towards a decision.
"I want to go somewhere that I know I'm going to fit in with how they play," said Brownlee of how he'll make his decision. "Like I said, I really like to play that up and down, run and gun style."