After several down years, the San Francisco (Calif.) basketball scene has started to come back to life in recent years. One of those players who is helping to continue the City's tradition of the 70s and 80s, Jerry Brown, a 6-foot-6 sophomore wing forward, has already attracted the attention of various Division I college coaches.
During his freshman campaign, Brown was an intrical part to a Sacred Heart Cathedral basketball team that went 23-9 and won the Northern California Division IV Championship, but lost in the state finals to Horizon of San Diego. Brown averaged 12 points and 8 rebounds a game and was selected to the all-state freshman team.
Brown followed up a successful high school season with a solid spring and summer, playing for the high profile Fresno-based EBO club team, with players such as Jamelle Horne (Arizona commit), Jaryd Bayless (Arizona), Billy White (San Diego State), Tim Shelton (San Diego State) and Jeff Withey (Louisville).
"The best thing about Jerry is that he keeps on working on his game," said Sacred Heart Cathedral head coach John Perez. "He is not satisfied. That is a sign of someone who is good and who will get better."
While early, Brown has produced a list of favorite schools, including two Pac-10 schools, Washington and Arizona, Louisville, Syracuse, Kansas and LSU. Washington and Cal have offered him a scholarship.
"Right now I am open regarding my recruitment," said Brown. "I really like Washington and how they play and Coach Romar and the coaching staff. I also like Arizona because of how they play and the fact that Jamelle and Bayless will be going there. I like Louisville because of the schools tradition, Coach Pitino and Jeff Withey committing there."
While he was born and raised in San Francisco, Brown's father Jerry Brown Sr., said he is open to his son going to a school out of the area. He wants the younger Brown to go to a school that has a nice collegiate atmosphere
"I am looking for a school that has a good educational atmosphere, a nice location and a school that has a warm presence," said Brown Sr. "I want my kid around other good kids. It is early right now and I just want things to play itself out in the next few years, but I would not be surprised if my son committed to a school early."
Jerry Jr. is an active wing forward who has a knack for attacking the basket off the dribble. He is a very good offensive rebounder who gives 100% effort.
"My intensity is my biggest strength as a player," said Brown. "I play hard all the time."
Perez has seen improvement in Brown from last year. "His ability to put it on the floor has improved and he has gotten a lot stronger to where he was last year," continued Perez. "His work ethic and his willingness to get better is one of his strengths."
With the basketball season underway, Brown is expected to be one of the top players in the highly competitive West Catholic Athletic League, one of the top leagues on the west coast.