Shannon Brown, a 6-2, 185-pound shooting guard from Proviso East High School in Illinois, recently felt the first pains of being involved in a big-time recruiting race. Brown had to deny that he had committed to the University of Illinois.
"I have not made any decision," Brown said. "I am still wide open. I have not ruled out any school."
Brown told us that distance is not part of his decision making process. "It doesn't matter where I go or where it is as long as it's a good place for me," Brown said. "So I will look at schools across the country."
This junior is talented enough to be recruited by many schools across the country. Brown has already taken unofficial trips to Marquette and Illinois. He also includes Iowa, Notre Dame, Syracuse, Connecticut, Michigan State, and Kansas on his list.
"I don't have a leader," Brown stated. "I am still learning about the schools that are interested in me."
Brown will be heavily recruited because of his ability to score. He is likely to end up (as a senior next year) as one of the top players in the country and also one of the more productive players offensively.
Brown averaged 15 points a game last year as a sophomore and had three assists. "On some plays I play the point," Shannon said. "But for the most part I play the two guard position."
Brown said he wants to work on a couple of things individually this season. "I would like to work on my dribble, becoming a better ballhandler," Shannon said. "I would also like to get stronger and work on my rebounding. I want to be the complete player."