A new name has emerged on Penn State’s radar, and it comes in the form of recent Temple decommit, Newark (N.J.) St. Anthony’s standout Josh Brown.
The 6-foot-2, 180-pound guard pledged to the Owls back in November, but since then has seen his stock rise, first during the high school season - Brown was on the undefeated St. Anthony’s squad with UCLA-bound Kyle Anderson - and followed that up with a strong AAU performance thus far.
Playing for Sports U, the rising senior has helped guide the Fairfield, NJ based club to a top-15 national ranking going into the July period. A strong, athletic point guard, Brown is a high I.Q. player who gets it done both on and off the court.
“Josh has a great knack for getting to the bucket and finishing,” says Sports U coach Eric Harrield. “I personally feel he is the best on-ball defender in the country, a team-first point guard, knows how to run the team with a great sense of the game.”
Aside from the obvious Temple offer still in play, Rhode Island, Virginia, Penn State, Gonzaga, Richmond, St. Joes and FAU have all extended offers, in addition to interest received from Memphis, Rutgers, Indiana, Miami and Xavier.
“Temple is still right there though, he hasn’t eliminated them at all,” informed Harrield. “This is a case of finding the best fit, which still might be Temple, but also checking out other options.”
Everyone can work on something, and for Brown it is his jumper, which has been improving of late.
“Josh still needs to work on the range on his shot, but he’s been working on that every day and is only getting better,” Harrield said. “He gets to the bucket and he gets his teammates shots.”
With a packed July schedule on-tap, Brown and his Sports U teammates are gearing up for the live period, and performing in front of the watchful eyes of college coaches. Brown will be narrowing his list down after AAU winds down, and will take some visits to get a better feel for his potential suitors.
2013 Miami (Fla.) Ransom Everglades School guard Sam Singer has been doing his homework this spring.
Since the NCAA enacted the new rule placing no limit on the amount of text messages and phone calls coaches can place to recruits, colleges all over the country have contacted the 6-foot-5, 180-pounder.
Hearing from the likes of NC State, Virginia Tech, Penn State, Kansas State, Stanford, Wake Forest, Pittsburgh and Indiana since last week, Singer has been busy finding out more about each school.
“I’ve been building pretty good relationships with coaching staffs who have offered, and I’m trying to do as much research as possible on each of the schools who have offered,” Singer said over the phone. “There’s been a lot of contact from other schools as well, so I’ve been looking into them too.”
Sporting offers from South Carolina, Virginia Tech, Penn State, Auburn, Miami and Boston College, among others, Singer has been busy in June, despite the lack of AAU tournaments.
“Everything has been going really well,” said Singer. “I’ve been working out with my high school team, individually, and doing some team camps too. I’ve been working on becoming quicker, working offensively with athleticism and on the defensive side of the ball, trying to become a better overall athlete.”
Penn State offered the Sunshine State product back in April, and the Nittany Lion coaching staff have been hard at work ever since.
“Coach Daly and Coach Chambers, we have just been talking and building relationships,” explained Singer. “Coach Chambers and I had a phone conversation yesterday and didn't really talk much about basketball, I’ve been getting to know him pretty well.”
Though Singer won’t be visiting any schools individually in the near future, he is currently in California with his high school squad for a team camp, and the Ransom Everglades players will be taking an unofficial visit to Stanford while they’re out west. Singer has been speaking with Cardinal head coach Johnny Dawkins and is looking forward to check out the Pac-12 school.
“I should start narrowing my list down after the July period and then start planning my visits after that, but right now I’m wide open.”