Brown wants to make an impact

Carlon Brown is excited to be a Ute. The Southern California native committed to the basketball team a few weeks back after taking a visit that he described as "great".

Brown is a 6-3 combo guard from MLK High School in Riverside, Calif. He was getting nationwide attention but settled on the Utes for a variety of reasons, one of which was the location of the schools "I just loved the city of Salt Lake City.," Brown said. "I was impressed by the people and that it was such a clean city."

Brown was also quick to mention his future teammates and coaches as a major factor in the decision.

Although the California native is staying in the west, there is quite a climate difference between Riverside and Salt Lake. That does not seem to be an issue with Brown. "It doesn't matter what the temperature outside is," Brown explained. "All gyms have the same temperature inside."

With Brown the Utes are getting a versatile player. Not only can he play both guard spots, but his game has versatility to fit a few different roles.

"I'm a combo guard," Brown said. "I can score and I can get teammates involved. I can open things up for other players because I make teams guard me."

Brown is looking to play right away. One reason he chose Utah was an opportunity to earn playing time from day one.

"I hope I can make a big difference when I come in as a freshman and by the time I'm a sophomore I can break into the starting line-up," Brown said.

Brown does not have the great accolades from recruiting services, but scored 30 in an AAU game where he was matched up at times with Arizona-bound Jerryd Bayless and scored 25 in a high school match-up with Daequan Cook.

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