Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
The morning after watching UConn beat Tulane, Zach Brown committed to the Huskies.
The 7-foot-1 2017 left-handed center from Miami (FL) Senior High will join Kevin Ollie’s team for the 2017-18 season, as first reported by ESPN’s Reggie Rankin.
“Coach Ollie and the players showed me so much love and it’s like a Brotherhood,” he told Rankin.
Ranked No. 25 in the ESPN 60 for the Class of 2017, Brown also considered Miami, NC State and Georgia.
“Connecticut is one of the strong considerations,” Michael Lipman, Brown’s legal guardian, told SNY.tv in the fall.
“I think you have a head coach, Kevin Ollie, that is a flat-out great coach. He has developed Andre Drummond. We have to find a system that is a good fit academically and a good fit for a big man, and that is going to showcase his offensive skills. And you need a team that’s going to compete while he’s there for the national championship.”
Lipman also mentioned that Brown already has a bond with 2016 UConn commit Alterique Gilbert, a point guard.
“He played with Alterique Gilbert in the [Nike] Global Games and they won the whole thing,” Lipman said. “The two of them were tremendous. You need a strong one, you need a system that’s going to build around the big man. Kevin Ollie and his staff are just tremendous.”
ESPN’s scouting report on Brown reads:
“Brown is an imposing physical presence who combines size, length, an already big frame that should have no problem continuing to add muscle mass, and a good motor. The southpaw has terrific hands, a willingness to go right into contact, and good poise with his back to the basket.”
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Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.