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St. John’s Commit Zach Brown Transfers Schools, Expected to Sign in November
Zach Brown, the 7-foot-1 big man who has verbally committed to St. John’s for 2017, has transferred schools and is expected to sign his Letter of Intent in November during the early signing period.
Brown is now at Miami (FL) Calusa Prep School after he was previously enrolled at Sarasota (FL) Elevation Prep Academy since the last week of June.
Sources said Brown was advised to be in the Miami area to best help himself get exonerated from the charges against him and to do his community service. Brown was arrested in Miami in May on multiple robbery charges; two of the charges were eventually dropped while a third remains pending. He committed to St. John’s in July after initially pledging to UConn.
“Zach will play with the Championship Academy Program that Calusa Prep is partners with,” said Derrick DeLaGrana, the head coach at Calusa Prep. “What he brings to our team instantly is someone that can control the paint on both sides of the floor. His length and athleticism will allow us to be a great defensive team and on the offensive side be our main option…With his high IQ he will open up opportunities for the rest of our guys.”
DeLaGrana said the school has two teams and that Brown will be playing with both the Calusa Prep team and the Championship Academy Program.
Brown is expected to sign a Letter of Intent during the NCAA early signing period Nov. 9-16.
“Yes, in November,” DeLaGrana said.
Brown could face eligibility issues going forward given the fact that he’s attended multiple schools, but sources said St. John’s is confident he can become eligible if he continues to work toward his goals.
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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.
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