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.
WEST ORANGE, N.J. – One of the most talked about players in the Class of 2016, Vermont Academy guard Bruce Brown was looking forward to visiting St. John’s on Sunday following the Mary Kline Classic.
St. John’s offered the 6-foot-3 Brown at halftime of a game at the Nike EYBL stop in Lexington, Ky.
“I don’t know a lot [about St. John’s], but I’m going to meet with Chris Mullin,” Brown told SNY.tv before scoring 26 points in a loss in the Underclassmen Game. “I like him, he’s a cool person, I like him a lot.”
Brown, like many St. John’s targets, likes that Mullin has experience as an NBA player and Hall of Famer.
“When he first called me, I’m like, ‘Chris Mullin,'” he said. “And he told me he can get me to the NBA and be a really good point guard like Russell [Westbrook].”
Brown has averaged 16.4 points, 5.9 rebounds, 3.4 assists, and 1.7 steals through three sessions of the Nike EYBL circuit.
Brown also plans to visit Arizona in the fall, and said Michigan, Indiana, Texas and North Carolina are recruiting him hard, although UNC has yet to offer.
On Michigan: “Michigan they want me to run the one. And me and Tyus Battle in the backcourt, that sounds good. He’s solid.”
On Indiana: “They want me to play the one also, score and make other people better.”
On Texas: “I like their system a lot, their uptempo press, gets steals, get out on the break. I like scoring in transition a lot.”
He plans to cut his list to five or seven in October and then go from there.
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.