August 14, 2008

Huskies Still Pursuing Brown

Sacred Heart's Jerry Brown broke onto the scene early in his high school career and many recruiters have praised his potential ever since. Tagged as a tweener, the 6-foot-7 swingman projects at one of the forward spots at the next level. The biggest questions have been about his ball handling and defense. It appears that a successful summer playing with the well-known EBO/2K Sports AAU team has not only shown off his skill set but also improved it. Brown currently has an impressive offer sheet from the likes of Washington, Arizona State and California, but that list could grow after his impressive summer.

"This summer I played for EBO/2K Sports," explained Brown. "We did ok in the 64 Tournament in Las Vegas and made it to the sweet 16. I averaged almost 17 points and eight rebounds per game. Playing on this team was good for me because I got the chance to play against some of the best players in the country. I competed and played very well with those guys."

Better competition makes you a better player, and Brown feels he raised his game to the next level this summer.

"I have improved my defense the most. I can guard all five positions well and it's helped my recruiting a lot," Brown said. "I take pride in my defense now and I have gotten much better. That was something people had questions about, but I answered those questions."

Brown has had a long time to consider another question, his college future. But through it, all the University of Washington has remained near the top of his wish list. Brown has gone as far as to place the Huskies at the very top of that list. Are they still there now?

"I don't have a top three right now, and I want to take as many visits to as many campuses as I can. I have been talking with the U-Dub a lot. I have been in contact with them for a long time - actually since the first day of recruitment of my sophomore year," explained Brown. "I love that they have been there from the start and they are still here now. I have built a great relationship with Paul Fortier and he's been talking with me from the beginning."

Brown hopes to keep busy during his senior season, both on and off the court. With a handful of unofficial visits behind him, Brown hopes to ratchet up the travel and get in all five of his official visits. Brown has a timeline for his decision, but he isn't going to rush anything.

"I haven't taken any official visits yet. I took a couple of visits to California. I went back east to Seton Hall and I also went USF. I have some more coming up and I just need to get my top schools in line," said Brown. "I plan on making a decision after I take all five of my official visits and after I take all of the non-official ones I can. I hope to make it to Seattle, and I will probably sign in November during the first signing period."

Before he ever steps foot onto a college court, Brown first wants to exit high school on top. He has set his goals high and doesn't want to leave San Francisco empty handed.

"My personal goal is to win the California State championship. We have been close and we have a lot of guys coming back," explained Brown. "I want to go out with a bang because it's my last year in high school. That's why I want to make my decision before my senior season, so I can just concentrate on winning that title."

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