Hoops: OU in the mix for Texas for big man

Duncanville, Texas forward Will Brown talks about his top eight and interest in Oklahoma.


Good big men are hard to find in college basketball, so when a guy is 6-foot-8 or bigger can run as well as Will Brown and bring skill to the court, he is going to attract attention from college recruiters.

Brown was considered a big man who still had a long way to go before his outstanding play in the Kingwood Classic in April. That one tournament has turned a number of heads and now Brown finds himself on the recruiting board of several outstanding programs.

"Right now things are great for me," said Brown. "I am loving it and my parents are loving it. At first, I wasn't playing basketball and I was never thought of, but I got to this point in a year and a half by working my butt off at Woodrow Wilson. A lot of stuff is just now happening for me and I am loving it. I never thought this kind of attention would ever happen for me, but I am loving it. I did pretty well at the Kingwood Classic. We got into the third round game, which I believe was the semifinal round. I got us where we needed to be."

Brown averaged 13 points a game at Woodrow Wilson last season, but will play his senior year at Duncanville. Actuall,y his sophomore year at Wilson was his best thus far when he averaged 18 points per game.

"I was disappointed that my average dropped this year," said Brown. "I have to get back on the ball and the change from Wilson to Duncanville is a big step for me. I am just going to keep it going next year. I am getting more attention now at Duncanville than I had when I was at Woodrow. I had colleges come to look at me and recruit that I never thought would. I have had Vanderbilt and Texas recruit me. I was at my school one day and my coach said, 'Hey, Vanderbilt came to see you.' And I was like, 'Yeah, sure.' But it was true and more and more schools are starting to recruit me."

Brown thinks he can still grow an inch or two to possibly 6-11, and his offer list is growing as well.

"I have offers from UTEP, Baylor, Nebraska, Iowa State, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Clemson and Texas A&M," said Brown. "Florida is also starting to recruit me, and so is Kentucky. Jeff Capel offered me from Oklahoma, and that was great to hear."

With so many new schools now in the picture, does Brown have a top five?

"I really have a top eight right now, but I am going to narrow it down to a top five along this summer," said Brown. "My top eight are Oklahoma, Baylor, Nebraska, Texas A&M, Iowa State, Arkansas, Georgia and UTEP."

What are Brown's thoughts on Oklahoma.

"I really like Oklahoma," said Brown. "It is a good school and I like Coach Capel. All of the coaches at Oklahoma are good coaches. Coach (Ben) Betts is recruiting me, but I also hear from Coach Capel and Coach (Mark) Cline. When I take my visit to OU I am going to look for certain things like the education that I will get there, how the surroundings are and the environment. All of them are good schools, but I like Oklahoma a lot. I like a a lot of schools so this is a dream come true for me really."

Brown has been to Norman, but just to visit a friend. However, that visit gave him a taste of the environment that surrounds the OU campus. He has taken unofficial visits to Texas, Baylor, Memphis and he is going to UTEP soon. He is also considering a trip to Texas A&M and USC.

"We are going to make it up to Oklahoma in the next two or three weeks," said Brown. "Whatever weekend that we have off from a tournament, that is the weekend I will be going to Oklahoma. I am supposed to be going to some college this weekend, but I don't know which yet. My mom is going to let me know."

Brown plays on the same AAU team with forward Steve Tchiengang (Houston Cypress) and guard Phillip McDonald (Cypress Community Christian), who are also being recruited very hard by Oklahoma.

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