Gonzaga’s Tavon Blackmon Commits To Brown
Thursday, September 27, 2012
It was a big week for Dan Hurley and URI basketball last week as the Rams secured commitments from a couple of highly ranked recruits from the class of 2013. Thursday, Brown University men's basketball coach Mike Martin landed his first recruit and it's a good one for the Bears.
6'-0" point guard Tavon Blackmon from Gonzaga in Washington DC gave his verbal committment to Martin and the Bears. Blackmon was a third team all-conference player as a junior in the highly competetive Washington Catholic Athletic Conference which sends many players to top college programs each year.
In fact, Brown fans may remember that their program's all-time leading scorer Earl Hunt played in the WCAC at Good Counsel.
Blackmon, who also plays for the AAU program DC Assault is known as a very good on-ball defender who possesses tremendous quickness. Those who know him say that he sees the floor well and is a very good passer in the open court. He also uses his quickness and athleticism to get into the lane to create for himself and others.
Blackmon possesses decent perimeter skills but will likely have to prove his consistency from the perimeter if he hopes to be a top player in the Ivy League.
This is considered a very good recruit for Martin and Brown who targeted Blackmon as one of their primary targets.
Martin said when he took the job at Brown four months ago that there were three things that he wants his players to be: tough, smart and skilled. Blackmon fulfills those requirements. Martin also said that he would like his teams to be more athletic like the ones he played for under Glen Miller which included himself, Earl Hunt, Alaii Nualiatia, Jamie Kilburn, Patrick Powers and Jason Forte.
Blackmon had interest from a number of schools including offers from Loyola, Maryland and St. Francis, PA.
Martin and his staff are not done filling out their recruiting class for next year. The Bears could add as many as five more players before all is said and done and are believed to be close to receiving commitments from some of their other top recruits.
Unlike other college basketball programs in Division 1, Brown and the Ivy League do not rely simply on signed letters of intent from recruits come November. They must have the academic credentials to get through the admissions process and be accepted by the Dean. It's usually not until the spring that Ivy League coaches can talk about their incoming recruits which is when the admissions process is complete and they receive their signed card from the recruit.