Virginia Tech men’s basketball head coach Seth Greenberg reeled in his first rising junior commitment today, when East Ridge (Clermont, FL) shooting guard Robert Brown pledged to the Hokies. Brown, a 6-4, 170-pound prospect, committed to Coach Greenberg and company this morning according to Florida Assault/Showtime Ballers AAU coach Diana Neal.
“He visited the school maybe a month ago and he loved it when he was out there,” Coach Neal began. “Virginia Tech stayed on him and kept in touch. He loved the school. His parents were concerned about the academics, but they talked it over and found out some more information. He committed this morning.”
Virginia Tech’s coaches first saw Brown on the AAU circuit last year. Despite just being a rising sophomore at the time, he was playing for the 17-and-under Showtime Ballers AAU squad. The Tech coaches showed interest in the Florida standout and offered after Brown performed well at Tech’s Elite Camp last month.
“They got him up there, offered him and talked to him,” Coach Neal said. “They told him he’d be able to come in and play right away. It doesn’t really matter to Robert, though, because he likes to compete. He is happy to be playing in the ACC.”
Coach Neal says “all of the Florida schools” as well as Notre Dame and Oklahoma had expressed interest in Brown prior to today’s commitment. The Hokies are getting a prospect that has displayed excellent scoring ability throughout the first two years of his high school career.
“Robert is a scorer,” Coach Neal said. “He can do it all. He led his high school team in scoring his freshman and sophomore year. He averaged about 20 points per game both seasons. He can score inside and out. He plays above the rim, which really helps his game a lot.”
As a sophomore this past season, Brown shot over 45-percent from 3-point range.
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