Tuesday, November 30, 2010

West Virginia Interested In Gary Browne

College basketball recruiting is an interesting thing. When you're hot, you're hot and when you're not, you can't get a coach to return a call or respond to an email. Gary Browne is on fire right now! Browne, a 6'1 Class of 2011 PG at Arlington Country Day School "ACDS" has only played two games at his new school and is creating a buzz that could land him at WVU or some other top 20 program. IPRB confirmed that Associate Head Coach Larry Harrison is very interested in Gary and WVU could be first school of many Big East Schools to offer.

IPRB spoke to a recruiting insider who confirmed early today that Browne has several Big East and PAC-10 schools interested in him." Two weeks ago if you were to ask me this question, I would have told you that he is a nice mid major SG with upside. The funny thing about evaluating kids from Puerto Rico is that many of them are playing out of position. The system forces that given the lack of size and depth on many of top local teams. So a player like Gary has never played with or against the level of talent he is seeing at ACDS. I saw him play last weekend in Charlotte and he is clearly a high major PG. He is not a freak athlete but way above average. He's strong and loves contact. Most importantly, he is a guy who embraces challenges and loves to lead by example. He is a very good shooter with range and his assist to turnover ratio should exceed 3:1. If I'm a high major/top 20 program, I offer now before everyone across the country starts finding out how good he is."

IPRB spoke to Senior Advisor to the President of the Puerto Rican Basketball Federation, Todd Washington, who confirmed that several Big East and PAC-10 programs have contacted him since Gary's performance last weekend."Gary is in a great situation with Rex and the ACDS coaching staff. We worked all summer/fall on developing his "skill package" and transitioning him from SG to PG. A lot of coaches had written him off as a high major player given his performance last summer. What I saw was a player who has a couple of bad games and instead of sulking or questioning his ability, Gary used it as motivation. He worked so hard to get in better shape and work on his mental preparation. Gary is the steal of the 2011 class and those coaches that saw him last weekend against #7 ranked Norcross saw a big time player. He's has everything you want as a coach and then some."

Washington did confirm that WVU is interested but said it is to early in the process to determine what level of interest they have. " I spoke to Larry and WVU could be a real nice fit. Their system compliments Gary's game and they do a great job with their players."