Bruce Brown on IU: “What is there not to like?”

  • 04/28/2015 9:25 am in

LEXINGTON, Ky. – With Yogi Ferrell entering his fourth and final season in Bloomington, Indiana has a need for a point guard in the class of 2016.

And it appears the Hoosiers are firmly in the mix for one of the standouts of the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League.

Bruce Brown, a 6-foot-3 point guard from Vermont Academy (Vt.), is averaging 17.1 points, 6.5 rebounds and 3.6 assists in eight EYBL games this season for Boston Amateur Basketball Club (BABC).

Indiana was among many schools watching Brown closely at this past weekend’s EYBL session at the Kentucky Basketball Academy in Lexington, Kentucky. Assistant coach Chuck Martin was there on Saturday morning as Brown went for 29 points as BABC beat Seattle Rotary, 79-74.

Rated the No. 46 prospect nationally in the 2016 class by the 247Composite, Brown can play both guard spots, but is being recruited as a point guard. The Hoosiers extended a scholarship offer last August and have stayed diligent in his recruitment ever since.

The interest, according to Brown, is mutual.

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

There had been talk that Brown could move up a class and go to college this fall as a member of the 2015 class, but he said that’s no longer an option. His focus is on having a strong summer with BABC and continuing to improve his game.

“That’s dead. I’m not going 2015. I’m staying 2016,” he said. “(I’m working on) my jump shot and being more of a point guard. I’m being recruited as a point guard. I need to get stronger and work on my ball handling.”

The list of schools pursuing Brown is growing.

In addition to the IU offer, he has offers from Connecticut, Texas, Georgetown, Texas Tech, Wake Forest, Boston College, UNLV and several others. Another Big Ten school, Michigan, watched him in Lexington.

Indiana has been working to get Brown on campus for a visit, but he said he doesn’t have a timetable yet for when that might happen. What is clear, however, is the strength of the relationship Brown is building with Martin.

“He’s just a good guy. Very nice, texts me every day,” Brown explained. “It seems like he really wants me to come to Indiana.”

A recent development for Indiana that Brown took notice of was the recent commitment and signing of McDonald’s All-American big man Thomas Bryant.

“That’s a good pickup (for Indiana). He actually killed BABC last year (in EYBL),” he said. “We played them twice. That’s a really good pickup.”

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  • Kelin Blab

    Big Athletic Guard….plays with some intensity. I can see him moving to PG.

  • Caleb Moore

    The PG position at IU, you would have to believe, is looked at pretty favorably by the top recruits out there because of the way IU runs offensive sets and their style of play in general. PG is critical in our offense. A big Senior year by Yogi will only add to that intrigue. Alkins #1, Brown #2 for 2016. Scruggs in 2017. As well as many other suitors, but I have to believe those are our top 3 guards right now over the next two classes. I expect Alkins and Scruggs will be able to pick any school they want by the time they sign, so top shelf competition for these guys.

  • hoosier93

    I love Yogi but it is nice to see us recruiting some taller PG’s that are 6-3 or so.
    Has Indiana tried recruiting Christian Watfords little brother any?

  • N71

    After next season Yogi is gone for sure, of course, and James as well most likely. Rob is great and as a junior he’ll be a stud but he can’t play 40 minutes. This next class needs 2 guards, a point and a shooter that can both defend. I’ll pencil in Alkins at the “shooter” or scorer, who is the best 2016 “point guard” in Indiana high school basketball right now if we miss on a guy like Brown?

  • kennygeorge

    Nice to see us seriously in the mix for some good young men as future replacements of our current good young men. Good job coaches.

  • Gregory Spera

    Unfortunately, the top rated point guard in the state has already committed to Virginia.

  • hoosier93

    I know we’re looking at PG’s, SG’s and SF’s…. we NEED to keep recruiting C’s. Don’t want last year happening again

  • No offense to Kyle Guy, but if IU is able to land Bruce Brown, I don’t think anyone will be worried about that.

  • marcusgresham

    Exactly what I was going to say about a bigger guard.
    By the way, Watford’s little brother is only an 8th grader.

  • marcusgresham

    De’Ron Davis

  • David Macer

    And quite honestly who wants to watch paint dry playing for UVA !!

  • hoosier93

    PF. I’m talking about finding some 7 footers.

  • hoosier93

    I’ll take this as “Bruce Brown is good” lol.

  • hoosier93

    Like that has stopped Crean before? Haha.

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  • hoosier93

    Is he good?

  • GaHoosier

    They might be boring offensively, but they play DEFENSE extremely well. I think we could all agree that would be nice to add to our Hoosiers!

  • hoosier93

    I saw some IU stuff made from Under Armour today… thought it was weird. I never see anything like that from Nike. I am one that would like to see IU switch to UA who has now passed Adidas and is behind Nike. I know some here say we’d keep Adidas because of soccer… but soccer isn’t a money maker. Basketball and football are. We’d be one of the top if not the top basketball program for UA along with Maryland.

  • Gregory Spera

    Ha! True. I would be happy with ANY nationally ranked top ten point guard!

  • hoosier93

    Defense is needed. But the game of basketball is about getting buckets. We had worse defense than NBA teams had during the Bird/Magic era. Which basically makes it non existent. I would have trusted the footballs defense more.

  • N71

    IF….we were to loose out on Brown and Guy is already on his way to Virginia, can Eron Gordon play the point? He’s 6’2″ and highly rated but I’ve never seen him play.

  • hoosier93

    So Bruce Brown, Rawle Alkins and we’re also looking at Miles Bridges? Maybe Thomas Bryant can get Bridges to IU. On ESPN’s rankings Brown 53rd, Alkins is 27th and Bridges is 7th. That’d help with Yogi, Z and Williams leaving. If James leaves then we’d need to look for another combo guard. Plus Hanner leaving so looking for another C should also be a priority. I know Vijay Blackmon and Eron Gordon are in this class as well… but i say recruit hard at the top recruits. We want to compete at the top… it starts with recruiting.

  • SilentBob

    His professional destination may be power forward, much like Bryant, but he has more than enough length and weight to play the five in college. He isn’t fast enough to play the stretch four that Crean and the majority of college and pro coaches are moving towards. I think of Davis as a long armed version of DJ White. Seven footers are cool, but hardly necessary, and extremely difficult to find a true 7 footer who can contribute early. Most fit one or all of the following; scrawny, uncoordinated, unskilled, and easily winded. That’s the opposite of what Davis is. Not to mention next years class is weak on true centers with hardly any 7 footers.

  • marcusgresham

    You do have a point there.
    They have a sister who is a senior this year who just signed with Middle Tennessee St. to play volleyball so there is a trend of athletic ability.

  • marcusgresham

    …and a true 7-footer with ability is only going to be around a season.


    Ditto that on the taller guards.

  • millzy32

    Adidas annual sales are 14.5Billion. Under Armour is 3.2Billion. Adidas is not behind Under Armour. Under Armour is very small in comparison. Nike is the big dog and Adidas is next everyone else is small potatoes.

  • marcusgresham

    As much as I’d like a true center, I’d be more than happy with a combination of those two.

  • marcusgresham

    Swanigan was listed as a center and he’s only 6’8″.
    I’d also argue that Zeller and Vonleh weren’t centers.

  • SCHoosier

    Creans offense does not need a 7 footer….Davis would be a horse.

  • CreamandCrimson

    I’ve written this multiple times going back to Gordon’s Freshman season and I’m sure many are tired of reading my opinion on Eron Gordon but since you asked about him, I’ll offer my two cents…Eron Gordon is not an elite level player (currently). He’s a streaky shooter (at best), not very efficient, not all that explosive or great at finishing and he hasn’t really physically grown since he entered high school. I’ve long believed that he wouldn’t considered an elite prospect if his last name weren’t “Gordon”. He’s a good high school player (although his North Central and now Cathedral teams have yet to meet expectations) but I don’t think he’s a Big Ten starter at the moment and I’ve never seen him be an effective distributor. So, my short answer to your question would be…no, he’s not an option at PG. For what it’s worth, he mentioned his leaders in recruiting and IU wasn’t among them.

  • Hoosier Hall

    Dude is athletic. Reminds me of Rondo a bit.

  • hoosier93

    Worldwide yes. In the US no. Adidas is #3. It happened in 2014. Google it.

  • hoosier93

    Of Rondo? Oh please keep him away then.

  • Bill Graham

    Its strange to me that Josh Jackson is the highest ranked guard in the 2016 class (thats not the strange part the kid is from Mars…seriously out of this world) whats strange about it is: Bruce Brown possesses the same skill set and playing style but is ranked 29th. Obviously Jackson has 3 inches on Brown and also my point is not to criticize the ratings (I frankly dont have time). Either Brown is highly underrated or Jackson is highly overrated (and I dont think its the latter). Browns the type of kid you want to get early before that highlight film keeps coming. Brown has a Jerian Grant resemblance also (interesting that he’s also underrated as Grant was).

  • Shawn Congo

    He’s also listed his top 3 and IU wasn’t in it.

  • Rob

    Where is James going? Transferring, D-League, or Overseas?

  • ScoopGeoff

    Living in Maine, and being a C’s fan, I had the pleasure of watching Rondo nightly at his best…. there is absolutely no similarity between Brown’s and Rondo’s games… at least based on this video and what my buddy, who is an assistant at VT Academy, tells me.

    If I were making a pie in the sky NBA comparison, I’d say his game reminds me much more of Westbrook.

  • Hoosier Hall

    I was more referring to the stuff I saw of Rondo’s early years (HS/College). The athleticism and constant attack-mode. I certainly didn’t mean NBA All Star Rondo. Lol!

  • ScoopGeoff

    Yeah, but did you ever witness Rondo dunking on people or at the finishing end of alley-oops? I mean UK/NBA Rondo finished breakaways with lay-ups… I think I remember a couple nasty tip-dunks, but he was always more slither-around-you than attack-right-through-you…

  • SilentBob

    Probably have to wait until at least 2017 for that friend. Eron Gordon and Brunk are the only decent Indiana products this year. Neither of whom are point guards. Weakest Indiana class I’ve seen in years. 1 or 2 three stars available but I don’t think we should reach for them when we’re in such good standing with Brown, Carr, Jones and others at this point.

  • Bill Graham

    Agreed. at least Guy is out of conference.