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Greg Brown says several schools working the hardest
By ADAM ZAGORIACARTERSVILLE, Ga. — Greg Brown, the 6-foot-8 forward from Vandegrift (TX) and the Texas Titans, says several schools are working the hardest in his recruitment and he plans to cut his college list sometime later this summer.
Memphis, Texas, Auburn and North Carolina are among those involved for Brown, ranked No. 4 in the 2020 ESPN100.
Brown recently had a home visit with Memphis assistant Mike Miller.
“It’s an honor to be recruited by Penny Hardaway and Mike Miller because they’re one of the greats in the NBA,” Brown said last month at the Nike EYBL outside Atlanta. “It’s really a blessing for me. They’ve been recruiting me hard, talking about their game at Memphis and how I’m going to fit in and what I’m going to do at Memphis.”
Brown said he likes how Miller is authentic with his recruiting pitch.
“He keeps it 100, he’s not one of those coaches that they say, ‘Oh, you’re the best, you’ll do this, this and this here,'” Brown said. “But when you actually get there, it’s a whole other story.”
He added: “He FaceTimes me a lot, he is youthful.”
Hardaway has made major inroads in recruiting and now has the No. 5 class in 2019 after adding shooting guard Lester Quinones on Friday.
“Yeah, it is [appealing] because [we] kids we’re trying to get to the highest point of basketball so we want to learn from them so we can get there as well,” he said of Hardaway’s appeal. “It’s an honor for me.”
He added: “It’s a blessing for Penny Hardaway to show up to one of our games and just watch because it’s like, ‘Oh, there’s Penny Hardaway there.'”
Brown also had a recent home visit with Auburn coach Bruce Pearl and Texas coach Shaka Smart.
As for Auburn, he said, “It went good. We talked about what they did this year. And we talked about the history, just basically getting a feel for Auburn University.”
He added: “It was really just a get-to-know-you type visit because I haven’t really talked to Auburn in person so it was more to start the relationship.”
In terms of Texas, “Texas was mainly talking about my plan, like once I get there what’s going to happen in my development to the NBA.” Brown said Smart stressed Jarrett Allen and other recent NBA big men who have come out of the program.
As for North Carolina, he attended a game during the season.
“It was a great experience and great game,” he told Rivals. “Talking to all of the coaches was great and even the players were good. So, everything about it was just great. The culture there is just different. Around Texas, it is like a football state but at UNC, they eat and breathe basketball.”
Brown said those schools are among those working the hardest for now.
“I feel like they’re working the hardest,” he said, “but I’m going to take more visits to other schools and get a feel for what they have to offer.”
He plans to cut his list later this summer.
“I am going to narrow it down in June or July to about seven,” he told Rivals. “Before senior season, I want to decide.”
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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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