PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA -- Shannon Brown said, following Proviso East's win over Loyola of Los Angeles for fifth place in the inaugural High School National Championship at the Penn Palestra Sunday afternoon, "I'll name my top five schools the end of August."
RivalsHoops.com's Number 7 player said, "Michigan State, Louisville, Cincinnati, Kansas and many more schools are on my list." Other schools mentioned in other interviews include Arizona, Connecticut, Dayton, Duke, Illinois, Iowa, Marquette, Maryland, Notre Dame and Syracuse. And there surely are more schools interested who would like to be involved.
The 6-4, 185 pound combo guard from Maywood, IL, said he is fully qualified. Brown plays with the Illinois Warriors and will next participate in the AAU 17 and Under Super Showcase in Florida followed by the Kansas City Prep Invitational Basketball Tournament.
Brown was clearly the best player on the court. This even though this reporter, who had entered the Palestra after the game was well underway, was mistakenly looking at another team's roster. When I corrected that error, I knew why I was so impressed by his play. His reputation is honestly earned.
"I intend to take my visits," added Brown who indicated that he is in no hurry to make a decision.
Brown had just finished competing in the Nike All-America Invitational. LeBron James, during his press conference at the adidas ABCD camp, was asked who the best players were at the two camps. "It's too early for me to say about this camp since I just got here," James said. "But Shannon Brown was the best player at Nike." Brown smiled when told that piece of information.
"I think this tournament has been a great event," Brown noted about the HSNC. "There are top teams from the eight regions here with some really good players."
Brown, who has outstanding skills in every aspect of the game, said he's working on getting everything in his game better. He scored 21 points, pulled down four rebounds and dished out one assist in the win Sunday. Tying for team high was rising sophomore shooting guard Phillip Perry with 21 points, three rebounds and one assist.
More on this impressive player later here on RivalsHoops.com.