Indiana will host one of its priority targets in the current senior class this weekend, when 2016 guard Bruce Brown visits Bloomington officially.
Brown’s visit was announced on Twitter by his prep school, Vermont Academy.
Bruce Brown ’16 will visit Indiana University this weekend. http://t.co/FpuWdCTieJ
VT Academy Hoops (@VTAcademyHoops) October 15, 2015
The Hoosiers have been seriously pursuing Brown for more than a year now. A 6-4 guard, Brown is considered a four-star, top-50 prospect by the 247Sports Composite.
IU has long been expected to receive an official visit from the New England prospect, who is as known for his strength and defensive ability as well as his scoring. Leo Papile, Brown’s coach with BABC on the grassroots circuit, said in the summer that Indiana, Purdue, Michigan and Texas were all among his most serious suitors.
UMass is believed to be firmly in the mix now.
With Nick Zeisloft and Yogi Ferrell out of eligibility after this season, IU coach Tom Crean has made his backcourt a priority in recruiting. The Hoosiers already have commitments from 2016 guards Curtis Jones and Grant Gelon, and Pitt transfer Josh Newkirk will be eligible next season.
Insider: Bruce Brown a top 2016 recruiting target for IU
Brown, who could develop into a combo-type guard in college, is also at the top of the Hoosiers’ wish list.
“He was a straight wing player,” Papile told The Star this summer. “Now he’s advanced to the point where I would call him on the verge of being a combo (guard). If you run sets up top for him, he can run them for you.
“I would say (Indiana) put a target on him as a priority as he entered his junior year last September.”
IU currently has two of its four open scholarships committed for next season, and the Hoosiers might face NBA-related attrition in the spring.
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