NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. – There’s a 6-foot-6 point guard who says he can play all three perimeter positions and defend everybody but the other team’s center, and he’s rated the No. 5 overall prospect in the Class of 2017. Surely Kentucky coach John Calipari is interested in Las Vegas native Troy Brown Jr., right?
“They came to one of my games at the beginning of the season, but I haven’t heard anything since,” Brown said of the Wildcats after his final game at Peach Jam on Saturday. “Calipari is a good coach. He always has good players around him, so I really like the program.”
But so far, the schools most aggressively pursuing the rising junior star are California, Duke, Kansas, Louisville, Texas, Texas A&M and UNLV. The Cardinals texted Brown the first day it was allowed – June 15 – and he’s noticed Rick Pitino and his staff coming to watch his games.
“They just tell me that they like my game and they like me as a point guard and they would like me at Louisville,” said Brown from Las Vegas Centennial. “It’s a really good program. I like what they have down there. They have a good program overall, their coach is great and their players are always fundamental and sound.”
“Versatility is a big thing for me,” he said. “So if you do have a point guard when I get to college and I need to play the two, then it works either way.”
That sounds like Calipari’s recent catch phrase: positionless basketball. Perhaps the Cats will be next to jump into the Brown sweepstakes.