GW likely to get ex-Poet star Brown

'97-98 Player of Year here says his style fits in there


April 10, 1999|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Jamal Brown, 1997-98's All-Metro boys basketball Player of the Year after helping Dunbar to its fifth state title, said yesterday he expects to orally commit to a full scholarship at George Washington University and may sign as early as next week.

Brown, a 6-foot-7, 205-pounder, helped Maine Central Institute, in Pittsfield, Me., to a 34-4 record and the New England prep school title this past winter.

He said he had considered the University of Rhode Island, Providence College and Rutgers University but that "the way George Washington plays, their up-tempo game, best fits my style of play.

"I had orally committed to Pitt, but due to a coaching change, I backed out of it. So it looks like it's going to be GW," said Brown, who averaged 12.7 points and 8.1 rebounds for the Huskies. He shot 53 percent from the field and 70.1 percent from the free-throw line.

"Players like Lake Clifton's Mike King and Shawnta Rogers and Southern's Kwame Evans -- they're from Baltimore and had an impact at GW," Brown said. "I'll talk to those guys some this summer when I come home, and I'm sure I can play with Mike King."

Called "absolutely a hard worker" by Maine Central coach Max Good, Brown improved his grades in prep school, earning a solid B average that will make him eligible to play as a college freshman.

Brown said George Washington already has his transcripts.

"I always ask players to choose the place they feel most comfortable. George Washington is close to home, and he feels like he can play in their style," said Good, Maine Central's coach for 10 seasons.

"Jamal had not done that well academically but you can't miss class here, and he was a good student.

"He wasn't a good foul-shooter when he got here, and his game was mostly around the basket, where he liked to dunk a lot," Good continued. "But he developed a mid-range jumper, and because he's relentless going to the basket, he gets fouled a lot. His foul shooting, I feel, is really going to help him."

Pub Date: 4/10/99

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