Checking in with VT 2011 Recruit Rob Brown

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Before 6-4 junior guard Rob Brown stepped onto the court for East Ridge (Clermont, FL) this season, he worked hard on the summer AAU circuit to improve his overall game. Brown was pleased with how the AAU season went and is currently enjoying a solid 2009/2010 season for East Ridge, which is ranked sixth in the Florida Class 6A ranks with a 12-2 overall record.

“Offensively, I tried to work on different aspects of my game in different tournaments,” Brown said, referring to the work he put in on the 2009 AAU circuit. “One tournament, I’d work mostly on shooting. In another one, I’d work on driving. But it was my defense that really needed help. Defense is an area I know I need to improve in if I want to become a better player. I know Virginia Tech does play very good defense. After I committed, the coaches told me that they expect their players to play defense.”

This past spring and summer, Brown would often ask to play the opposing team’s best player. In the end, he felt good about his improvement.

“I worked on my on-the-ball defense, my help defense, my denial defense…everything,” Brown said. “I started getting more confident in my defense after I went against [Miami Hurricanes 2010 recruit] Rion Brown. I held him to just 10 points the entire game. My defense jumpstarted there.”

Offense hasn’t been a big problem for Brown, who shot over 45-percent from 3-point range last season as a sophomore. He averaged 20 points per game in 2008/2009 and has improved upon that number so far this season.

“I think I’m playing pretty well,” said Brown, who shoots 100 to 200 shots almost every day, outside of what he does in practice. “I think I’m averaging about 25 points a game. There are still parts of my game I need to work on. I’m still trying to just be a better leader on the team. A lot of teams are starting to play me for the jump-shot, so I want to show my ability to get to the hole.”

Brown, who joins top George Washington (Danville, VA) forward C.J. Barksdale as Virginia Tech’s commitments in the 2011 class, pledged to the Hokies this past July. There is plenty of time between now and next November’s