Sunday, May 5, 2013
Wichita State adds first 2014 commit
By Reggie Rankin
Junior forward Zach Brown (Houston/South Kent School) committed to Wichita State over Texas, Kansas State, Providence, Creighton and Washington on Saturday. Brown is the Shockers' first commitment in the Class of 2014.
Brown's stock has risen recently after a strong spring.
The 6-foot-7, 200-pound small forward is an excellent athlete. He is an above-the-rim finisher on the break and a big-time driver/slasher in the half court. Brown does a great job getting to the rim and drawing fouls. At the RCS Sports Spring Ice Breaker in Houston in March, Brown was also a monster on the offensive glass with some timely tip-ins and a few tip dunks.
"I am best at driving and getting to the basket; I can shoot, but I want to get to the rim and get to the free-throw line. I have to keep working on my ball-handling and get stronger to get ready for college," said Brown.
Brown's toughness and competitiveness make him a very capable multiple-position defender as well. Brown plays with energy and urgency, which fits coach Gregg Marshall's recruit profile perfectly.
"I picked Wichita State because they have been recruiting me since my sophomore year," said Brown, who took his official visit to Wichita a week ago. "The coaches are great. I loved the community, and the fan base is amazing.
"I loved Coach Marshall. He is charismatic and he has been able to win at a high level."
Fresh off a Final Four run, Brown gives the Shockers a strong start for the Class of 2014.