Bryce Brown

Three-star guard becomes Auburn’s fourth official signee

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Auburn has just four seniors on its roster this season, and all are guards with K.T. Harrell, Antoine Mason, K.C. Ross-Miller and Malcolm Canada all factoring into the team’s perimeter rotation. With that being the case one of the tasks that head coach Bruce Pearl and his staff were faced with recruiting-wise is addressing those eventual departures.

With guards T.J. Dunans (junior college) and New Williams and small forward Danjel Purifoy having already signed agreements to join the Auburn program next season, a fourth National Letter of Intent was received Friday from three-star shooting guard Bryce Brown.

The interesting thing about Brown’s recruitment is that his signing with Auburn came a couple days after the former Charlotte commit reopened his recruitment.

“Bryce came to our Elite Camp and was extremely impressive,” Pearl said of Brown in the release announcing the signing. “The assistant coaches saw him this past summer and he really wasn’t on anyone’s radar. They came back from a number of different tournaments talking about this young man from Atlanta who was not being recruited at the level they felt he deserved.”

Brown’s perimeter shooting ability was something Pearl discussed in the release, and of the seven three-pointers Auburn made in their season-opening 83-73 win over Milwaukee Friday night four were made by players who won’t be with the program next season (Harrell- 2-for-3, Mason- 1-for-3 and Ross-Miller- 1-for-1).

Of the five players who have committed to Auburn four have signed with the SEC, with Findlay Prep forward Horace Spencer yet to make his commitment official with either a signed NLI or grant-in-aid form.

Georgia-based combo guard becomes Charlotte’s first 2015 commitment

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With Pierria Henry and Terrence Williams both being seniors, adding another body (or more) to the backcourt is something Charlotte head coach Alan Major and his staff needed to do on the recruiting trail. Sunday evening the Conference USA program did just that, receiving a verbal commitment from 6-foot-3 combo guard Bryce Brown.

Brown made the decision after taking an unofficial visit to Charlotte this weekend. In a story written by Justin Young of Hoopseen.com, Brown mentioned academics and Charlotte’s style of play as reasons for his decision to commit.

“Their style fits me. They get out and run the floor, shoot the transition three. Their players can dribble, pass and shoot and they like that in their program,” Brown said. “That’s what brought me to Charlotte. Coach Major is a great guy and I look forward to playing for him.”

Also of note in the story is the fact that Brown was on the receiving end of increased attention from college coaches in recent weeks, with his ability to shoot the basketball being one reason why. As a junior at Columbia HS in Decatur, Georgia Brown averaged 18.0 points and 5.0 assists per game and helped lead the team to a 28-5 record. Brown will finish his high school career at Tucker HS in Tucker, Georgia.

As noted above Charlotte has to account for the eventual loss of two seniors, with Henry and Williams combining to average nearly 23 points and ten rebounds per game in 2013-14. Among the guards who will have eligibility remaining when Brown arrives on campus are Florida transfer Braxton Ogbueze, junior Shawn Lester (11.9 ppg last season) and freshmen Torin Dorn and Keyshawn Woods.