Brown Builds Momentum

Brown Builds Momentum

After a so-so spring, Bowling Green (Ohio) senior power forward Vitto Brown decided to pick his game up a notch heading into the summer. He's followed through on that promise to himself, and has seen his offer list jump up to five BCS offers because of it.

MADISON - Like any competitor, good wasn't not good enough for Bowling Green (OH) High senior power forward Vitto Brown.

Going through the spring AAU schedule with the Spiece Indy Heat AAU team, the 6-7, 215-pound Brown played OK in the first few tournaments, but knew that his game could go to another level.

"The spring season didn't go how I would have liked it to," Brown told Badger Nation. "When I got back to my high school team in June, I knew I needed to start to pick it up."

Not surprisingly, Brown elevating his level of play started elevating the amount of interest he was receiving from college coaching staffs, giving him a needed boost heading into the most important month of his basketball career.

"Heading into July," he said, "I am just trying to keep that same momentum."

So far, Brown – rated a three-star power forward by Scout.com – is off to a good start. While his AAU team was off, Brown spent the first week of July's open evaluation period impressing coaches at a Reebok camp in Philadelphia.

"It went real well," said Brown. "It was my second year going and it was a lot of games and not a lot of drill work. There was a whole bunch of coaches there watching, and there was a lot of good basketball being played."

Brown admitted that the feel of the camp was difference than a regular AAU tournament, as each team has the look and feel of an all-star team that was comprised of elite players that hadn't previously played together as unit.

Although there were a lot of players he knew from the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League, Brown viewed the camp as a challenge to see how well he could work and co-existent with other unfamiliar players.

"It's important to work well with people you don't know and play well in a game situation, because it shows coaches how well you work with people you do know," he said.

Brown's performance drew positive feedback from the coaching staffs of Kansas State, Minnesota, Nebraska and Wisconsin. Not surprisingly, those schools – along with Iowa State - all have given Brown a scholarship offer. Nebraska joined the list after Brown impressed first-year head coach Tim Miles, who has five scholarships to fill for 2013 and is looking for players with Brown's characteristics.

"I had received letters from them awhile back, but it was my first time actually talking to them," said Brown, whose roommate at the Reebok camp was from Nebraska and filled him in on the program. "Coach Miles said they are rebuilding and are trying to make a strong 2013 class to get Nebraska back on the map."

Minnesota is also in the mix, as Brown has developed a good relationship with coach Tubby Smith and his staff.

"They were my first big time offer, so that was real nice," said Brown. "Coach Smith is a great coach and I am really honored to be offered by them. I was excited, and I wanted to get more offers like it."

But all of Brown's other offers are playing catch up to Wisconsin, who Brown calls, ‘the one school I would put above anyone else right now.' With assistant coach Lamont Paris watching Brown compete in the Reebok camp, it served as another growing chapter between Brown and the Wisconsin coaching staff over the last two months.

"I have a great relationship with them because they are great coaches," said Brown. "They have great facilities. I was actually surprised I got offered in the first place. After that, I have been talking with the coaches a lot. They are real personable guys."

Brown and his teammates began play in the Peach Jam Wednesday and will play at least five games in Augusta. Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan is in attendance at the tournament.

"I just want to stay aggressive and in overall attack mode," said Brown, who overcame foul trouble and an off-shooting game by grabbing rebounds and playing sound defense in a tournament-opening win over Boo Williams AAU based out of Virginia. "If I am not scoring, I want to make sure I continue playing good defense and get other people involved."

Brown is hoping to narrow his list by the end of the month, take some officials in the fall and commit around November's national signing day.

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