From near and far, coaches have flocked to Provisio East High School in Maywood, IL. The list reads like a "who's who?" of college basketball: Tom Izzo, Roy Williams, Steve Alford, just to name a few.
The object of their affection is a talented 6'2" guard by the name of Shannon Brown. Playing alongside Illinois-bound Dee Brown, the junior averaged 24 points, 3 assists, 4 rebounds and 2 steals for a 26-3 team.
Despite his accomplishments, Brown remains humble and focuses on honing his skills.
"I am very athletic and very hard working. But I have to work on things like defense and shooting."
The high school season may be over, but Brown still has his mind on the game he loves. He has spent the past week monitoring his NCAA brackets. Like most, he has enjoyed watching the Cinderellas advance through the tournament.
"A lot of teams have been knocking off the big teams. I think that is good. I think when Southern Illinois beat Texas Tech, that was a great game to watch and very competitive."
Brown isn't about to go out on a limb and predict a national championship for the Salukies.
"I've got Maryland to win it all."
When he's not playing basketball or watching it on television, Brown likes to kick back with his friends and watch movies or go bowling. He often hits the local alley with his teammates after practices and games. It provides the group with an opportunity to relax and forget about the game for a while. Brown refers to his teammates as his "family," and he likes to deliver more than points to his buddies - he likes to make them laugh.
"I'm a very funny person. I make people laugh, and they feel comfortable around me."
Whether he's cracking jokes at the bowling alley, or leading his team to victory on the court, people can count on Shannon Brown.