Pointed Recruit

Arlington Country Day (ACD) head coach Rex Morgan believes Gary Browne's experience in Puerto Rico and on his Jacksonville-based team gives him the foundation to thrive in the Big East conference.

Like any other high school player, Browne needs to improve his strength in order to compete in the most physical of all collegiate leagues. However, that doesn't mean he's behind in that regard, according to Morgan.

"He's a strong and very tough kid," Morgan said more than once in describing his star guard. "He will have to get stronger, because the Big East is a very physical conference. Moving up, he'll have to adjust to the style of play and the speed of the game, but he's not going to be intimidated, and he won't back down."

Browne is pegged as a point guard coming out of ACD, but displayed a nice range of skills during his senior season. He showed his playmaking skills with an outstanding 6-1 assist-to-turnover ratio, but also hit nearly 40% of his 3-point attempts and made 83% from the free throw line. He scored many of his points off jump shots, coming off screens in ACD's three-guard offense, but was also a solid passer when penetrating. To complete the picture, Morgan described him as a very aggressive on-the-ball defender.

"He stepped in right off the bat and played well for us," said Morgan of the Puerto Rico native. "He played on the Puerto Rican national team, and he played a lot against older guys. He's just 17 now, and he was able to compete with them very well."

Browne played the main ballhandling role in ACD's three-guard set, but played some two on the national team. That experience could help him if West Virginia again goes to a two-point guard alignment at times nest year. However, Morgan sees him as primarily a point guard, due to his skill set.

"He's a one in the Big East Conference," he said. "He could mesh with another point guard if needed. He handled the ball about 80% of the time for us, but we played him off the ball some in the halfcourt, and he came of picks and screens. He can shoot the jumper."


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