It’s not Aaron and Andrew Harrison, but Larry Brown finally did get his first commitment from the class of 2013 when Sterling Brown announced he would be attending Southern Methodist on Sunday.
Brown is a competitive slasher who has some breakdown ability off the dribble and is a good defender. He is not an elite recruit, but one who can contribute to wins in many ways and should be a rotation player sooner rather than later.
Although Larry Brown had his sights set on some of the more sought after recruits in the class, Sterling Brown is the kind of recruit the Mustangs can expect. Some thought that with the hiring of a high profile coach such as Brown that SMU could become a contender in the Big East in the coming years. However, the lack of big name commitments SMU has been able to lure in suggests progress may be slower than expected.
One interesting note is that Sterling Brown is from Chicago. Larry Brown brought in Jerrance Howard, formerly of Illinois, to attract Chicago natives such as Sterling. That moves seems to be paying off to some degree with this commitment.
Even if Larry Brown has not been able to get the Harrison twins or other elite recruits, the name recognition he has still does resonate with prospects. “The coaching staff had a lot to do with it. You’re talking about a Hall of Fame coach who is the only person to win NBA and NCAA championships,” Chris Brown, Sterling’s father said.
Sterling Brown is a good get for the Mustangs and will be a solid role player for them over the next four years. Still, Larry Brown is waiting on the game changing recruit to turn SMU around.
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