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September 20, 2012
Brown ready for breakout
Class of 2013 forward Rodney Williams isn't the only Richmond Squires AAU player being targeted by WKU's coaching staff.
Josh Brown, a Class of 2015 shooting guard, is ready for his breakout season on the national scene, according to Squire's founder, Tony Squire.
"I've been doing this for over 25 years," Squire said. "Josh is about to have that big year.
"He reminds me a lot of (former Duke guard) J.J. Redick. But I watched J.J. growing up in Virginia, Josh is developing just as good or better than he (Redick) was at his age."
Brown has already received a bit of interest from some big schools, including Notre Dame and Connecticut, among others.
"He's a great shooter, but also has great basketball IQ," Squire said. "He can use his right and left, can take you off the dribble."
WKU's staff has a connection to the AAU team through assistant coach David Boyden, an alumni of the Squires program, which also includes NBA players like Kevin Garnett and Amare Stoudemire.
"His high school coach is going to put the ball in his (Brown's) hands this year," Squire said. "This should be the breakout year."
Brown, who's been playing varsity for Trinity Episcopal HS since the 8th grade, thinks he's ready for a breakout season too.
"Last year when I played up in age, I'd average around 15 points a game," he said. "But when I play my age, I usually score around 25 or 30."
When asked what he's looking for in a future school, the 6-foot-4 guard has already made a list, despite only being a high school sophomore.
"Relationship with the coaches is pretty important," Brown said. "Education is important too.
"So if I don't make it to the next level, I'll have something to lean on."
Brown said he hopes to make his decision earlier in the recruiting process than most.
"I think I want to commit a little early," he said. "During my junior and senior years, I want to be able to focus on high school state championships, instead of stressing about college.
"So I might commit pretty early."
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