Rutgers has added a second commit and a second backcourt player in the Class of 2013.
Craig Brown, a 6-foot-5, 215-pound shooting guard from Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) Broward Community College, verbally committed to the Scarlet Knights after Rutgers coach Mike Rice visited him Saturday.
“The coaches and I had a great relationship,” Brown told SNY.tv by text. “The players were cool on my visit. Rutgers was the best place for me to succeed on and off the court.”
He said Duquesne, Auburn, Washington, Utah, Gonzaga, LIU, Kent State and Florida Gulf Coast were also involved.
Brown, who visited the Big East school in the fall, joins South Kent (Conn.) point guard Shane Rector in Rutgers’ 2013 class, giving them two more guards to play alongside Myles Mack, Eli Carter and Jerome Seagears.
“He’s gonna be a good fit,” Broward coach Bob Starkman told SNY.tv. “He can score, he can rebound, he’s tough. He does a lot of the intangibles as well.”
Starkman said Brown is averaging about 15 points per game.
“His scoring went down, but we’re winning,” the coach said.
Starkman stressed that Brown is a solid citizen, too.
“First of all, he’s a really good kid,” he said. “There’s no baggage, no off-court issues. He goes to class, he’s a good student.”
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