The journey of four-star center Zach Brown took another twist when he was arrested this weekend in Miami on multiple counts of robbery, according to multiple reports.
According to the Metro Dade police, Brown was charged with armed robbery, multiple counts of robbery by sudden snatching and five counts of credit card fraud of more than $100. As of Sunday night, he was being held on $25,000 bond.
The 7-1 Brown, 18, is ranked as the No. 25 player in the Class of 2017 by ESPN and considered among the top five center.
Brown had recently returned to South Florida after a brief stint at Putnam Science in Connecticut. According to the Hartford Courant, Brown was asked to leave the school after an on-court altercation with opposing players.
He had moved to Connecticut to be closer to UConn, where he had committed. He decommitted earlier this month. He still has offers from Ohio State, Miami, Kansas, North Carolina, Florida and others.
As chronicled by USA TODAY High School Sports, Brown grew up in poverty and was living in the Liberty City section of Miami before he was adopted by Michael Lipman in 2013. The court had taken Brown and his brother away from their biological mother and their aunt, who was given custody, eventually said she was no longer willing to raise them.
“They come from the most horrific situation you could imagine,” Lipman said of Zach and his brother. “The judge said he had never seen a worse case.”