Boys Basketball: Proviso East’s Sterling Brown navigating the recruiting scene

Updated: May 4, 2012 11:24PM



Proviso East junior Sterling Brown had a tremendous high school season that ended with a 32-1 record and a loss in the state championship game to Simeon.

Now the brother of Phoenix Suns guard Shannon Brown hopes the success the Pirates had during the high school season will help lead to individual success and scholarship offers playing on the club circuit.

Playing on a Mac Irvin Fire team that also features Jabari Parker and Jahlil Okafor certainly has helped Brown gain some added exposure, and now he is focusing on the recruiting process.

‘‘It’s been great playing with the Mac Irvin Fire,’’ Brown said. ‘‘The team really brings the best out of me and teaches me how to be aggressive. We have a lot of talent on our team, and it’s been fun playing with these guys.

Brown said he has received scholarship offers from DePaul, Northwestern, Nebraska and Illinois and is open to other schools recruiting him.

‘‘I’m just going to let schools come and see me play,’’ Brown said of the recruiting process. ‘‘I don’t have any favorites right now. I’m just looking for the best fit and the college that fits me.’’

Brown acknowledged there are a few factors he is looking for in a potential school.

‘‘I’m looking for a school that likes to run, a school that likes to get up and down, and I want to play hard and win games,’’ he said.

Before Brown moves on to college, though, he will have to play his senior season at Proviso East. The Pirates finished undefeated last regular season and won 32 consecutive games before losing to Simeon in the state-title game. They will be one of the favorites for state title next season.

Another of Brown’s teammates on the Mac Irvin Fire is Proviso East teammate Paris Lee.

‘‘Playing with Paris is fun because he’s a great point guard, and he can hit some shots and really defend,’’ Brown said. ‘‘Next year, we’re looking to get as far as we did last season and hopefully win the title. We lost to Simeon, but hopefully we get another chance at them.’’

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