Shaka Smart’s lone priority on the recruiting trail has officially set an announcement date for his college commitment.
Hometown five-star sensation Greg Brown is set to make his decision on April 24, according to 247Sports recruiting director Evan Daniels. He will decide between Auburn, Kentucky, Michigan, Memphis, and Texas.
Brown, a highly-coveted prospect, wisely took official visits to all five of the remaining schools that he’s considering. He officially visited Texas back on Sep. 7 for the football game against LSU. His most recent official visit was to Ann Arbor on Feb. 7, where he saw Michigan defeat their in-state rival Michigan State.
Over the course of his illustrious high school career at Austin Vandegrift, Brown topped the 3,000 point-mark and nearly grabbed 1,500 rebounds. He recorded 99 double-doubles in 121 career high school games.
Brown ranks as the top-ranked power forward and the No. 9 overall prospect in this year’s class. He’s an extremely versatile, bouncy forward that can create his own shot from the perimeter and flourishes in transition. Brown is known for his next level ability to attack the rim. It’s been years since college basketball has seen a 6’8 forward prospect with the kind of athleticism and explosiveness that he brings to the table.
Rivals recruiting analyst Corey Evans believes that Texas is the leader in Brown’s recruitment at the moment.
With all things considered and the latest intel that I have gathered, it seems that we are back to where we started. Earlier this week, I placed my FutureCast on Texas. Smart’s seat seems secure, and Brown, in an ideal world, wouldn’t mind playing close to home for his likely lone year in college. Now with an April decision set, while Hook’em might have taken the lead, things remain fluid which is why the leader now could be different a month from now.
Entering an offseason where Texas essentially returns their whole roster, Brown’s decision arrives around the most important time of Smart’s tenure here in Austin. It also marks the toughest and most important recruiting battle Smart’s been in to date. Recruiting against coaches like John Calipari, Juwan Howard, Bruce Pearl, and Penny Hardaway throughout this next month won’t be easy.