East Ridge (Clermont, FL) rising junior guard Robert Brown feels he found the “perfect situation” in Virginia Tech, which is why he verbally committed to Seth Greenberg in mid-July. The 6-4, 178-pound prospect, ranked a 4-star prospect by Rivals.com, is Tech’s first commitment in the 2011 recruiting class.
“I liked Virginia Tech when I was younger,” Brown said. “After they offered, I thought it was the perfect situation for me. I feel right about it.”
Virginia Tech’s pursuit of the athletic guard began during East Ridge’s 2008/2009 varsity basketball season. Coach Greenberg and company would offer in June.
“They had come to watch a game at my high school,” Brown recalled. “After that, Coach Johnson and Coach Odom called my coach and we called them. They put Coach Greenberg on the phone. I went up for Virginia Tech’s Elite Camp [on June 6th], which is when they offered me.”
Brown noted some highlights from his first and only Blacksburg experience.
“There was the hospitality the coaches showed,” said Brown, who was accompanied on the trip by his father and his high school coach. He was given a tour of the campus by assistant coach James Johnson before meeting with Coach Greenberg and the rest of the staff. “I liked the way the school looked. I like the Hokie stones. Blacksburg is a college town. It’s great.”
A commitment didn’t come immediately, but for good reason.
“I had to wait until I came back,” Brown said. “Coach Johnson said he would come back and watch a workout. My mom wanted to meet him. After I got her approval, I committed.”
Showing off his versatility, Brown has seen action at point guard as well as two-guard in his first two years on the varsity level. He says some have called him a “slashing guard that can shoot,” which is evidenced by the 45-percent 3-point field goal percentage he posted last season.
Brown, who has averaged over 20 points in each of his two seasons on the varsity level, is being recruited by Tech as a shooting guard.
“Talking with Coach Greenberg, he said...
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