Gilbert Brown Update

Gilbert Brown (6-ft-6 inches, 190 pounds) from South Kent Prep School in South Kent, CT was the first player to join the Pitt Panthers basketball recruiting class of 2006. He has been referred to as "the most athletic perimeter player in prep school basketball". The PantherDigest.com recently spoke with Gilbert about his current season and future.

"Our current record is 13-16. To be honest, I think our team has underachieved," stated Gilbert Brown. "The good news is that we can still get in the playoffs and we're starting to play much better. We hope to win a bunch of your upcoming games."

Scout.com ranks Brown a "four-star" recruit and the 18th ranked shooting guard in the nation. Gilbert, a native of Harrisburg, PA, chose the Panthers over Maryland, West Virginia, Georgetown and Wake Forest. He is a versatile player capable of contributing at the "2" (shooting guard) or "3" (small forward).

"I'm averaging 23 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists per game. I missed some games with a sprained ankle and pulled chest muscle. I feel good about my performance but I know I can take my game to a new level. I want to overachieve the rest of the season."

Brown told the PantherDigest.com that Pitt has been recruiting his teammates Matthew Bryan-Amaning (6-ft-9 inches, 225 pounds) and Ayodele Coker (6-ft-10 inches, 230 pounds). Bryan-Amaning and Coker are considered amongst the top 2007 prospects in the nation.

"I know both Matthew and Ayodele like Pitt quite a bit. Matthew is a mix between a power forward and a wing forward. He's versatile. Ayodele is a big dude. He might be close to 240 pounds right now. Every team needs a big guy like that in the Big East."

When asked to comment about the 14th ranked Panthers, Gilbert exuberantly stated, "They are playing great. Nobody expected them to do anything before the season and now they are a lock for the NCAA tournament and one of the top teams in the Big East."

"With (Carl) Krauser graduating after this season, I hope to step in next year and get minutes at shooting guard. I can't expect anything to be handed to me, but I want to get to Pitt and earn playing time. They seem to struggle hitting three-pointers on the road. I think I can help them with that."

Harry G. Psaros can be contacted at harrypsaros@msn.com.


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