Brown Picks Stanford Over UCLA

When you have the kind of schools -- UCLA, Stanford and Cal -- chasing you, the decision is never easy. Anthony Brown, the 6-6 wing who is ranked No. 41 by, settled in and made his pick on Monday...

The Stanford Cardinal secured a very significant commitment late Monday night. Anthony Brown, ranked No. 41 by, committed to Johnny Dawkins' program after considering UCLA and Cal.

It was a tough decision for the 6-foot-6, Huntington Beach (Calif.) Ocean View product. He said, "They all led at one point or another. I would say after each visit … I felt I was going to UCLA. Then I went to Cal and said I could go there. Every day it would change."

Finally, Stanford won him over in a big way. "They were looking at me as a big recruit. But, I'm not going to come in and be some savior. I know we'll get other recruits, we're already involved with other guys.

"But, Coach Dawkins told me he was in the same situation I was. He went to Duke to start something very good and I have the full confidence in him that he'll start something really successful."

Brown is a versatile small forward. He boasts outside range, the ability to guard multiple positions and a basketball IQ. He already knows what his first job as a Cardinal is: help Dawkins lock up forward Dwight Powell. Harvard, Georgia Tech and Stanford and battling for Powell.

For Brown, the decision to attend Stanford was a life decision made with long-term implications. "Coach Dawkins knows what he's doing. I want to be able to play basketball after college and I felt like he's the best person to help me do that.

"If we get this right, we can be Pac-10 champions and NCAA champions in a few years."

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