“Possesses a very high basketball IQ and is the definition of a true leader.”
“A coaches dream and is known to be an extension of his coach on the floor.”
“A pure bulldog, what he lacks in height, he makes up for with a relentless motor and athleticism.”
That sure sounds like a player you’d want on your team, right? Well the player that’s being described there will be making an unofficial visit today to Jim Ferry and the Duquesne Dukes.
Shandon Brown (5-10, 150) is a 2018 point guard from Roxbury, Massachusetts (New Hampton School) and is regarded as one of New England’s top point guards in the Class of 2018. Yesterday, Brown visited Columbia yesterday, today he’s making his first visit ever to Pittsburgh.
“I’ve known about Duquesne really since my friend, and really my brother, Rene Castro goes there. I’m really close to him, he’s like a big brother to me, so I knew about Duquesne before they even started talking to me,” said Brown.
Castro is a junior guard for Duquesne that is a transfer from Butler. Like Brown, Castro (6-2, 195) is also from Massachusetts, attending Worcester Academy in Boston.
“I talk to Rene and he told me that you know what your goal is and that you have to be dedicated to reaching it. He really likes the school, the coaching staff. He says that it’s a good school and is glad that he’s there,” said Brown.
Brown will now get a chance to start forming his own opinion of Duquesne when he arrives in town later today. He tells me that his main recruiter has been Dukes assistant Danny Lawson, who’s done a great job forming a bond with the talented point guard.
“We’ve developed a really good relationship in a short amount of time,” said Brown. “I like how dedicated they are to recruiting me. I’m looking for a player-coach relationship with all the programs that recruit me. I want to see how close the coaches are to there players on and off the court and how supportive they are.”
“I think Duquesne has done a really good job at that and that’s one of the top aspects I’m looking at in the recruiting process.”
As far as teams currently recruiting this junior guard, Brown currently holds offers from UMass, Boston College, DePaul, Rutgers, Columbia and Yale.
What about Duquesne? Could one be coming before he leaves?
“We haven’t talked about it. We’ll see when I get there, obviously that’s the goal but we’ll see what happens,” said Brown.
// Header image: Photo courtesy of Shandon Brown