Broward Junior College (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) small forward Craig Brown verbally committed to Rutgers today, said his head coach Bob Starkman. Brown is the second verbal commit to Rutgers in the class of 2013.
“I think Rutgers was a place where he felt the most comfortable,” Starkman said. “I’ve known [assistant coach Van Macon] for a long time, so we have a working relationship, but I also think the fact that [head coach Mike Rice] came to see him built the trust.”
Brown committed to Rutgers over Washington and Kent State, with an official visit in the fall being a major reason why.
“We liked the campus and, academically, it was incredible,” Starkman said. “That’s Craig’s main thing. But also, the fact that they’re in the Big East and moving to the Big Ten means he has a chance to play at a high level.”
Brown has three years to play two at the college level and is expected to be a summer enrollee. Originally from North Miami Beach (Fla.), Brown averaged 20.5 points per game during his first year at Broward.
He is best suited to play small forward, but could also see time as a shooting guard.
“He works hard and he’s one of the few kids that understands the value of that,” Starkman said. “He’s going to go after it. He’s a good basketball player, very physical, but the special thing is that there are no problems, no issues about him. There’s no baggage with him. He’s just a good kid that works hard and gets it done in the classroom, which is very unique.”
Brown is the second commitment to Rice in the class of 2013. He joins South Kent Prep guard Shane Rector, who verbally committed in January.
With two commitments, Rutgers is expected to target one more prospect in 2013 with forward now becoming a position of need.