Bruce Brown will visit Indiana this weekend

  • 10/16/2015 9:52 am in

One of Indiana’s top recruiting targets for the class of 2016 will be on campus this weekend for homecoming.

Vermont Academy guard Bruce Brown will be in Bloomington beginning today for his official visit.

The 6-foot-3 guard, rated the No. 40 prospect nationally by the 247Composite, is also considering UMass, Purdue and Miami (FL).

Brown is considered one of the most versatile guards in the 2016 because of his ability to score off the dribble and also defend at a very high level.

“It’s not all about scoring with me,” Brown told Inside the Hall in July at the Nike Peach Jam in North Augusta, South Carolina. “I like getting steals, rebounding, anything my team needs me to do.”

Brown averaged 15.6 points, 5.6 rebounds, two steals, 1.8 assists and 1.4 blocks per game at the Peach Jam for the Boston Amateur Basketball Club (BABC).

Indiana has prioritized Brown as a key piece of its 2016 recruiting efforts and going back to the last spring, the message has been resonating.

“It’s Indiana, what is there not to like?” he told Inside the Hall last April. “Big name school, always playing on TV. They are just a good program.”

The Hoosiers have a pair of commitments for the 2016 class in Crown Point’s Grant Gelon and Huntington Prep’s Curtis Jones and will also add Pittsburgh transfer Josh Newkirk next season.

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  • Young Hoosier

    Exposure. Coaching. Living.

  • straight no chaser

    He is rallying the troops for his home team. Don’t be a nerd about it.

  • straight no chaser

    Our very own Chuck Martin was an assistant of Cal’s for two seasons at Memphis. Does that make him sleazy? I don’t think so. Cal has his faults, but let’s not get blind with tribalism here.

  • straight no chaser

    My keyboard says your keyboard is his best friend. Your keyboard saved him from my frantic fingers on many occasions. LOL!

  • Steve Shoda

    Bruce Brown fits IU Basketball perfectly.

  • ArghSonOfOhCrap

    Could you imagine getting Jarrett he is a 100% lock for Texas talk about a snatched and grab. I do think that BB and De’Ron are the most critical of all our recruits. I think Thon is headed to ASU.

  • Arch Puddington

    I guess I’m just not as sold on one-and-done as you. If Indiana was so loaded that a guy like Maker could put us over the top and bring a national championship, then obviously a one-and-done could be a big deal. But I don’t think next year’s team is quite that good even with Maker, and even if it was there are no guarantees everything would work out according to plan. Scott May’s broken arm and Alan Henderson’s gimpy knee cost the two best IU teams I ever saw their national championships, so even great teams are assured nothing. And I would point out that IU has had a couple of elite bigs in recent years, and while both were great, neither won anything of significance their freshman year. Cody helped engineer one of the great single-season turnarounds in college basketball, but his freshman year we finished in the middle of the pack in conference, lost in the first round of the B1G tournament, and then lost in the Sweet 16. An excellent season I wouldn’t give back for anything, but it wasn’t until his sophomore year that IU became legitimate national contenders. And Vonleh’s freshman year was an abomination even with an elite player in the middle. I’m glad he came here, but he could not be said to have had any real impact on the program nationally or over the long term. (And yes, I realize Maker is a notch above either of those two).

    Assuming for the sake of argument that Brown is as good as hoped for and sticks around at least three years, I would argue that he could have every bit as much impact on the program as any one and done. College basketball is dominated by guards, and over the course of three or four years there would be more chance for IU to put it all together and make a big run than there would be during any single year.

    Don’t get me wrong, I’m dying for Maker to come here, and I think that if both he AND Brown (plus Davis) came here, we’d be on to something good. With the exception of Kentucky and Duke, I just think it’s very difficult to sustain success with one-and-dones.

  • Bill Graham

    I like Gelon he’s 6-5 with a knock down three could easily transform into a Dunham type player. Or a poor mans McQuaid. I just think we need to get somebody that is going to be ready right away. Brown will be ready.

  • Bill Graham

    Get Alkins (unlikely) and Brown… and you bet we are.

  • whomikewho

    Alkins is very unlikely you are right. But I think Brown committs very soon. I also think we snag 1 of 2 big men between Kegler or Davis. My fingers are crossed for both if scholarships allow.

    Thon is a lost cause as well. I see him going to ASU or Kentucky.

  • straight no chaser

    Isn’t Kegler a 6-7 SF though. Not much of a big man, no?

  • Young Hoosier

    He’s a SF, yes.

  • marcusgresham

    I see the undeniable allure of Arizona State for a big man. I mean, who wouldn’t the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of such illustrious post-position luminaries as Ike Diogu, Mario Bennett, and Alton Lister?

  • marcusgresham

    I’m just saying he has the makings of a legend and you’d like your name to be attached for future players to see. I also think, while Vonleh was a hell of a player, if Maker pans out to be 80% of what he has the potential to be, there is no comparison. He’s taller, quicker, a better ballhandler, a better passer (who isn’t,) and as good if not better shooter.

    One other thing I didn’t mention that I should have—IU has the potential to have a returning frontcourt of Juwan Morgan, OG Anunoby, Collin Hartman, and Tim Priller. Most assume Williams is gone after this year, Bielfeldt is definitely gone, and if Bryant meets expectations he could be too. There’s not a lot of height or depth there, and absolutely zero proven post offense. I know Davis and Allen are also still possibilities and I’d hope for one or both of them, but if you strike out there the 2014-15 season will be nothing compared to the interior struggles the 2016-17 team will have.

  • marcusgresham

    I don’t think he’ll end up at Kentucky. I think he’s kind of ignored Kentucky and then there was even the quote Calipari reportedly said to Maker (and this quote was from the biggest homer site in the history of homerism, Kentucky Sports Radio,) “When you’re ready to be recruited, call me.”

  • marcusgresham

    What can Brown do for (I) U?

  • marcusgresham

    Totally off the subject, but does anyone else watch “Jeopardy!”?
    One of the answers the other night was “Bob Knight” and none of the three even buzzed in—and one of them is the so-called genius guy who’s won over $300,000!

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    UConn?

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    Young included UConn on his list!

  • IUMIKE1

    Is this where the Twilight Zone theme song starts playing ? lol (in my best Rod Serling voice) Imagine if you will two passionate IU bball fans that have never met face to face but somehow………..

  • IUMIKE1

    No the talilban of ncaa bball will wait till somewhere down the road when we look like we are for sure a title contender and THEN use it against us. At that time it will also come out that Arch’s brother’s cousin’s nephew’s sister once shared a appetizer at Red Lobster with one of those players.

  • whomikewho

    He is listed as 6’8″ on ESPN..they could be wrong. He has a solid build so I think he can play both the 3 and 4 in college. Have you watched him play? He really impressed me in Adidas Gauntlet championship game.

  • whomikewho

    ASU looks like the front runner..their assistant coach is a former coach of Makers I believe. Whatever it is I just don’t have the feeling he is coming to IU. Lockdown Brown this weekend, Davis and Kegler next and I’ll be happy.

  • whomikewho

    He can play both the 3 and 4 in college..if Troy can, Kegler can.

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    Good news. Take care Marcus.

  • Tim O’Nawbny

    (joking) I see nothing wrong with burning his crops and shrinking his head.

  • Tim O’Nawbny

    I live near Louisville and I am extremely biased, fully admit it. But until you know a few UK fans with Caliputzi’s statue on an altar in their living room with blue candles don’t judge me too harshly.

  • ThatGuyMike

    Exactly, ever since Hurley was hired there, many have predicted Maker to make his way to ASU. And to be honest, it doesnt seem like a lot of the big schools have been recruiting him too much since he decided not to reclassify. Regardless, I still think it will be a pretty good class for 2016

  • ThatGuyMike

    4 Final Fours in 6 years? I would probably feel the same way if coach TC delievered those kinds of results. To be honest, you can’t blame them sometimes…

  • marcusgresham

    You’re absolutely correct.
    Where are you? I’m in Corydon.

  • Tim O’Nawbny

    Nawbny.

  • Hoosier Hall

    Small world man. I live in the thriving metropolis known as Crandall.

  • marcusgresham

    I’m basically around the corner from you, then, because I live between Corydon & Lanesville.
    …and I went to North Harrison. If you’ve been to basketball or football game there in the last two or three years you’ve heard me.

  • marcusgresham

    Didn’t even pay attention to your name or I could have figured that out. That’s where I work.
    Hopefully you guys are sending a player to IU in two years. I’ve been talking about Langford on here since he was a 6th grader.

  • Young Hoosier

    Troy can… but is it successful?

  • Young Hoosier

    You do know that UConn has 4 Nat’l titles some 99′ right?

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    Then you clap for them. I don’t care.

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    Demps and Olah sure are great players.

  • Young Hoosier

    Huh? The NW players? They’re alright. Demps seems to get his against us a lot for some reason.

  • iubase

    looks like we are in a good spot to get him. Agree with Arch assessment. Nice to see IU recruit Vermont! He would excel under CTC.