Broward College small forward Craig Brown is trading in his blue and white uniform for scarlet duds as he became the second member of the Rutgers basketball class of 2013 to verbally commit to the Scarlet Knights.
Recently, Brown called Scarlet Knights Coach Mike Rice to tell him the New Brunswick, N.J. school was where he wanted to complete his college career. “I told him I was ready to make a decision,” Brown said. “I just told him Rutgers was where I wanted to be.”
The 220-pound, 6-foot-5 small forward has scoring experience from the perimeter or inside the paint, and provides a significant defensive threat as well. Brown, a 6-foot-5 criminal justice major, had been pursued by several colleges, including Auburn, Kent State and Washington, but Rutgers established a relationship with Brown early and it paid off.
Brown was recruited by Lynn University out of North Miami Beach High School, where he averaged 10 points per game and was named the Chargers’ MVP his senior year. He left Lynn after a year for Broward and now advances to play in one of the elite college conferences – The Big East.
After six January games, Brown is shooting 43.7 percent of field-goal attempts (ranking him 28th nationally), is 13 of 44 three-point attempts, and 78 of 111 free-throw attempts.
“Craig is a unique young man. He transferred to BC from a Division II school and now obtained a Division I high major program basketball scholarship,” said Bob Starkman, his coach at Broward. “He gets it done in the classroom as well as the court. His success comes from his hard work and trust in my coaching and guidance."