Brown headed to Hawk Hill

The old adage states: If at first you don't succeed, try, try again. Phil Martelli and the St. Joe's coaching staff actively recruiting 6'5 Penn Wood (PA) wing Aaron Brown when he was in high school. After two years in West Virginia, playing for Bob Huggins, Brown has decided to transfer. And this time around, the Hawks got their man.

On Friday afternoon, Aaron Brown, a 6'5 220-pound wing from West Virginia via Penn Wood (PA), announced his intentions to transfer to Saint Joseph's very simply and succinctly. On his Twitter page, Aaron wrote, "#THWND.'

Saint Joseph's and Temple were among the schools that actively recruited Brown out of Penn Wood (PA). In 2009-2010, Aaron was named the Daily Times Player of the Year, averaging 20.5 points, 7.2 rebounds, and 2.1 assists per game. At Penn Wood, Brown played for highly-respected head coach Clye Jones, and under athletic director, and former St. Joe's Hawk, Rap Curry.

In the end, Billy Hahn, Bob Huggins, and the Mountaineers were able to swoop in an lure the athletic, tough-nosed wing to Morgantown.

As a freshman at West Virginia, Aaron over 15 minutes per game, averaging 4.2 points and 1.8 rebounds in those minutes. In high school, Aaron's reputation was that of a defender, slasher, and athlete. However, in his freshman year at WVU, Aaron also showed that he could shoot the ball from the perimeter. He knocked down 39% of his shots from three as a freshman, and looked poised for a breakout sophomore season.

As a sophomore, Aaron saw his minutes decrease significantly however. He saw his minutes more than halved, down to 6.2 per game. He racked up 15 DNP's as a sophomore, and that decrease in playing time likely ultimately led to his desire to transfer.

According to Chris Vito of the Delco Times, Aaron chose the Hawks this time around over Rhode Island and Towson, saying, "it really wasn't a tough choice for me."

Aaron Brown gives St. Joe's a player with a mean streak, a physically imposing presence on the perimeter, and a high-level athlete with significant high-major experience. The lone remaining question is whether or not Aaron is able to get a waiver making him eligible to play for the Hawks in the 2013-2014 season.

Phil Martelli's bunch lost Tay Jones and C.J. Aiken in the offseason, but picks up highly-touted freshman DeAndre Bembry and redshirt freshman post Javon Baumann. If the Hawks are able to add Aaron to the mix, they will have more depth than they've had in quite some time. They will also have a more physical, intense, and aggressive lineup.

Aaron Brown was one of St. Joe's top recruiting targets out of high school in the 2011 class. While they missed on him at first, they did not burn their bridges there. Aaron will arrive on Hawk Hill with two years of eligibility remaining, a chance to play mere miles from where he grew up, and a chip on his shoulder. This looks like a scenario that could play out well for the Hawks.

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