By now, everyone knows that there is plenty of talent on the west side of the state. However, it’s time for more people to get to know Grand Rapids Christian (Mich.) 2015 guard Deleon Brown.
In the last few months, Browns has received scholarship offers from North Dakota State, Akron and Kent State and on Sunday evening, Brown earned two more offers from Western Michigan and Northern Illinois and he says he couldn’t be more thrilled about his latest offers.
“I feel great about both of my offers from Western Michigan and Northern Illinois.” Brown said. “It’s always a good feeling to be given the opportunity to go to great schools like WMU and NIU.
According to Brown, both Western Michigan and Northern Illinois offer plenty of great qualities, which is why he says he could potentially see himself playing at either school, one day.
“When I went to visit WMU, I liked how straight froward the coaches were with me.” Brown replied. “During my visit, they showed me around and I really liked how nice the campus was. Plus, I got a chance to meet some of the players that go there already which was special since I grew up playing with most of them. Overall, I like WMU, I know they had a successful season last year and they are continuing to get better and it’s because of that, I could potentially see myself playing there.
“I honestly feel the same way about NIU, I haven’t gotten a chance to visit there yet but I plan on going to visit sometime in August. However, I do know that assistant coach Lou Dawkins had great success during his time with Saginaw high, and head coach Mark Montgomery played for Tom Izzo so I think it would be great to play for such great coaches plus I really like their playing style and I feel like it would fit my game well.”
Take into account that Brown’s growing college interest doesn’t stop with Northern Illinois and Western Michigan, he is also receiving interest Purdue, TCU, Xavier, Oregon and Indiana.
It’s clear to see why so many college coaches are interested in Brown. He had impressive junior year last season, where he averaged 20 points per game, while shooting 39 percent from beyond the arc and 90 percent from the free throw line.
If that’s not enough, at 6-foot-4, Brown is a smooth combo guard who plays under control and offers plenty of versatility which is something every college coach can appreciate. On the offensive end, he has the ability to take his defender off of the bounce but he also does a good job of getting to the basket and finishing inside. On top of that, Brown also has a nice mid-range game and overall jump shot, that he is able to hit consistently in a dribble pull-up situation or in a catch-and-shoot situation.
Defensively, he is just as aggressive and because of his length, he is able to play the passing lanes very well. He still needs to get stronger and continue to become a better ball-handler but no one can deny that this young man has talent. It’s because of those facts above that I say whoever is lucky enough to gain a commitment from him, will have gained a talented young man.
Although, Brown says he doesn’t plan to commit to a school right now, he did say that when the time comes, he will commit to a school that suits him both academically and athletically.
“I’m going to finish the rest of AAU season but after that me and my dad will sit down and talk about my options.” Brown said. “Ultimately I want to pick a school that me and my dad both feel will be a good fit for me both as a basketball player and as a student since I plan on majoring in sports management, in the hopes to one day become a coach.”
Written by LBeasley (Lauren Beasley), Sports Contributor for Radio One Detroit
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