Things are getting down to the wire for the 2011 basketball class as the Spring signing period opened recently. 2011 J.L. Mann PG David Brown has yet to decide where he'll go next season but he has some options to choose from.
"I have Erskine, Air Force Academy, and Lincoln Memorial that I am considering right now and as of the moment. Randolph College offered me and I have been offered a walk-on spot at Furman," Brown said.
Brown gave us the skinny as to what he likes most about each of those programs too.
"I like Erskine because it is close to home and my family and friends can come see me play. Lincoln Memorial is one of the top Division II schools in the nation and it is strictly a basketball school which is good. I like the Air Force Academy because it is in a challenging conference and the coaches are nice."
Brown's senior season ended early in the playoffs but he went on to play in the PAA All-Star game which pits Greenville County's best senior prospects against one another and there he won the MVP award.
"It was great winning MVP because it was a good way to end the season even though we had the disappointing first round loss to Westside in the playoffs."
During the regular season one night in particular stood out to Brown as his best of the year.
"My best and most memorable game this season was our senior night game against Riverside. I had 26 points that game in a packed house at J.L. Mann. It was so memorable because it was my last home game ever in a Mann uniform and we set a record for most three pointers hit in a game with 22 made which I made 6 of them."
Brown's game improved since the end of last season a great deal but one particular aspect he feels really advanced more than other areas.
"I can really say that I improved my shooting consistency. I shot over 50% this year from the field."
During his time playing for J.L. Mann Brown had tons of memories and he talked about which ones really stood out for him.
"The fun times we had at the Beach Ball Classic is something that I will always remember because not many people can go to this tournament and for me to go three years in a row was great."
Looking ahead to the college game Brown says he's continuing to work on his craft each and every day in order to hopefully come to a decision on where he'll play college basketball.
"I'm working on the fundamentals such as dribbling and shooting because you can never stop improving and the small stuff help you develop into a better player. Also I'm getting stronger because in college it is a whole new level where everyone is faster and stronger."
"I will make the decision as soon as I can."
Brown poses with the 9th place trophy from the AAU Nationals that his Southeastern Athletes team won last summer in the Division 2 class