Brown Goes In-Depth on Rutgers Commitment

Broward Junior College (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) small forward Craig Brown became the second member of the Rutgers basketball class of 2013 when he verbally committed today to coach Mike Rice. Brown spoke with after his commitment about his reasons for choosing the Scarlet Knights.

When it came down to making a decision, Rutgers simply felt like the best fit to Broward (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) small forward Craig Brown. Ready to make a commitment, Brown called Rutgers coach Mike Rice to commit this morning.

"Coach Rice and I have a great relationship, so he was cool when I told him I was ready to make a decision," Brown said. "I just told him Rutgers was where I wanted to be and that's where I think I should be for the next two years and I have confidence in him as my future coach."

The 6-foot-5 small forward has scoring experience on the perimeter and inside, but said his best asset is his ability to keep the defensive off balance.

"I'm a scorer and a mismatch for defenses," Brown said. "I expect to help the team a lot. I know they have great point guards and a center that are all going to be juniors next year too. It's like me and them together are going to have the opportunity to make Rutgers a great team with a great group of guys. I think I'll come there and do fine."

Brown chose Rutgers over suitors such as Washington and Kent State, citing relationships as the primary reason for his decision.

"It came down with my relationship with the coaches," he said. "Coach Rice has been recruiting me the longest by a lot. Even when I didn't have games, he would come down to see me at practice. They always kept on me no matter what. They've been there since day one."

Brown officially visited Rutgers at the start of last semester and said the program has been a leader ever since then.

"Academics are important to me, so I'm looking to challenge myself," Brown said. "When I visited I liked the school a lot. They have a bunch of different options of what I can study. Right now I'm doing criminal justice and they have that.

"I just feel that it's a big relief. I'm not going to look up in the stands and worry about who is recruiting me. I'm going to play at the best level. Playing in the Big East and then [probably] the Big Ten my second year, so it's exciting."

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