Brown Basketball Announces 5 Incoming Freshmen
Monday, June 02, 2014
Head Coach Mike Martin was lauded for his recruiting class last season, when he added 3 starters to the rotation with his first crop of newcomers. He's expecting a similar result with the incoming group.
"Our staff is anxious for the arrival of this recruiting class in the fall," Martin said in a statement. "We feel as though the entire group brings good versatility, solid skill sets, and high basketball IQs, all of which are of tremendous value in our program. The class should help solidify our depth at key positions and we are optimistic that there will be immediate contributors among the group."
The Brown website profiled the incoming players and shared their thoughts on coming to Brown.
Dubuque Senior HS
Secondary School Background: A graduate of Dubuque Senior High School where he averaged 20 points, 5 assists and 7 rebounds as a senior…Two-time First Team All-State selection…Two-time All-Area Player of the Year…Three-time First Team All-Conference selection…National Honor Society member, graduating with high honors…Personal: The son of Rick and Susan Haber…Has two sisters, Elly and Anna…Undecided on his concentration.
Why Brown?: "A great mix of academics and athletics. I also like the feel of the campus and the people who were around the campus during my visit."
North Riverside, Illinois
Phillips Exeter Academy
Secondary School Background: A graduate of Riverside-Brookfield High School (2013) and Phillips Exeter Academy (2014)… Metro Suburban Conference 2013 Player of the Year…2013 Suburban Life All-Area MVP…Averaged 14 points, eight rebounds and two blocks per game as a senior at Brookfield, and 18 points, 9 rebounds and two blocks per game at Phillips Exeter…Chicago Sun Times "Top 50 Players"…Two-time Bill Vandemerkt Thanksgiving Classic All-Tournament Team selection…IBCA Illinois All-State 4th team selection…NEPSAC Class A Championship at Phillips Exeter…Four-year Honor Roll student at Brookfield…Personal: The son of Nikola and Vera Ljuboja…Has an older sister, Nina…Enjoys spending time with family and friends, and video games…Undecided on his concentration.
Why Brown?: "I chose Brown because of its combination of elite academics and athletics. I think I will be challenging myself to be a better student, athlete and person while at Brown."
Cooper City, Florida
American Heritage HS
Secondary School Background: A graduate of American Heritage High School where he averaged 11.7 points, 6.3 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game as a senior…First Team All-County selection as a senior…Honorable mention All-State in 2012 and 2013…29th ranked player in the state of Florida by ESPN his senior year…Florida Class 5A State Champions in 2014 and runner-up in 2013…Academic Honor Roll for four years…National Junior Honor Society…Class Legislature…Personal: The son of Rick and Wanetta Massey…Has a brother, Justin, who plays basketball at Jacksonville University…Business, Organizations and Entrepreneurship concentrator.
Why Brown?: "The academic prestige of the school and the opportunity to get one of the top educations in the country, while playing the sport I've spent my entire life dedicated to competing, was hard to pass up."
St. Louis, Missouri
Secondary School Background: A graduate of Bayless High School where he was the SCAA Conference Player of the Year…First Team All-District selection for three years…Named the Metro Area Freshman of the Year and earned second team All-Conference honors…Named to All-Tournament Teams at the Southside Classic and Washington Tournament for three years…Graduated Cum laude…earned the President's Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement…National Honor Society member…earned the Student Council Service Award…MSHAAA Sportsmanship Award of Excellence…Personal: The son of Patrick Triplett and Valerie Walker-Triplett…Has a brother, Darryl…Enjoys reading, music and people-watching…Undecided on his concentration.
Why Brown?: "The label, 'Ivy League' will always catch eyes more than anything, but I came to like the atmosphere at Brown. The students are passionate about what they're doing and it feels like a community or a family. I thought I would fit right in to the Brown family."
Lakota West HS
Secondary School Background: A graduate of Lakota West High School where he played basketball and football…Basketball team captain as a junior and senior…Two-time First Team All-GMC…Second Team Southwest Ohio District 15 his senior year…Four-year GMC All-Academic Award winner…Ranked as one of the Top 5 point guards in the state of Ohio…Honorable mention All-State as a senior…McDonald's All-American nominee…Selected to play in the District 15 All-Star Game…Personal: The son of Charles Williams and Gretchen Hakl-Williams…Has a sister, Hannah…Enjoys fishing, listening to music and watching movies…Psychology concentrator.
Why Brown?: "I chose Brown because academics and athletics have always been a huge part of my life. Brown is a university that embodies both of those things."
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