Brown Adjusting Fast at Rutgers

PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Junior JuCo transfer Craig Brown spoke with about his first week of Rutgers practices and the transition to his new school. Brown joined the program after two years at Broward (Fla.) Community College, and will play shooting guard and small forward this season.

PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Craig Brown was the lone recruit to stand firm in his commitment to Rutgers basketball during the offseason coaching change. Unsure of his coach or the status of his scholarship, Brown stayed solid to his commitment.

After the decision was made to retain assistant Van Macon, his recruit, Brown was quick to sign his Letter of Intent and become coach Eddie Jordan's first recruit.

Flash forward to his first week of real Rutgers practices and Brown is thrilled with the decision to stay.

"I love it here," Brown said. "It starts with the coaching. I love the coaches. I like the players. I really like the atmosphere here."

Brown was the first prospect to sign onto Jordan's recruiting class, and he did it without meeting his future coach.

"He's one of the best coaches I've ever played for," Brown said. "I've never played with somebody that can keep their composure during tough times like that. I love playing for him.

Brown built a strong relationship with Macon during the recruiting process, but is most excited about having a former NBA head coach as his mentor.

"He makes everything coachable," Brown said. "He coaches us in a way that I love. He coaches us like we're already in the NBA. He talks to us like we're adults. He doesn't treat us like kids. You know you're getting taught by one of the best."

Brown sports a mid-range jumper and ball-handling skills, but defense is his forte. For Jordan, who turned Larry Hughes into one of the best defensive guards in the NBA, defense-first players are always welcome.

"I take that full throttle," Brown said about playing defense. "That's something I do automatically. Defense comes first. I like being aggressive and coach Jordan is about defense first. So far, our defense is doing good. He says I'm doing well. I know all the rotations and stuff."

Brown is a lifelong Florida native, making life in New Jersey a significant change.

"It's been a big transition culture wise," Brown said. I've never been around the kind of diversity of people at a big college… [My teammates] help me out a lot. That's what teammates do. They show me around. Anything I need, I basically have 10 guys there to help me out."

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