Class of 2019 small forward Christian Brown made a late fall decision to transfer to Oak Hill Academy (V.A.) Brown added his elite athleticism and motor to this already stacked team and it’s paying off for the Warriors. Brown has experience playing with some of his teammates prior to joining Oak Hill, which made the transition to his new school much easier.
“The adjustment has been quick because everyone I play with I’ve played with before,” said Brown. “I’ve been playing with since freshman year, everyone knows how my playing style is. I adjusted really fast to the school, the people at Oak Hill greeted me and treated me like their own family. Everything has been great.”
Brown and his teammate’s goal is to take home the Geico Nationals Championship. Brown thinks their work ethic and chemistry is going to put them in a good position to accomplish that.
“We have great players, great attitudes and a great work ethic,” he said. “We are at school practicing every day, we have great chemistry and that’s going to take us all the way to get a championship.”
He cut down his list of schools to seven earlier this year, but he has since opened things up. He doesn’t plan on moving forward with the recruiting process anytime soon.
“My recruitment is open, but there’s a lot of schools like NC State, Illinois, Georgia, St. John’s and schools like that,” Brown said. “There are more schools and more that will recruit me down the line. When it’s time to make my decision in the spring, I’ll make my decision.”
Since head coach Tom Crean got the head coach job at Georgia, he has made Brown a priority. He and his coaching staff continue to build a close relationship with him.
“The relationship is good and it’s been growing,” Brown said. “I’ve been on my official and everything has been great. They have just been telling me how I’ll play if I go there and how they will treat me. He tells me about the campus life and everything. I will keep all of that in mind for my decision.”
Something interesting to note is that Crean and Brown already had a relationship prior to him arriving at Georgia.
“Tom Crean had coached me at Adidas Nations my sophomore year so that was the first time he coached me,” he said. “He’s a great coach so when he got the Georgia job I already knew how he is, how hard he is on players and how productive he can be with players.”
Illinois head coach Brad Underwood and assistant coach Orlando Antigua were both in to see him last night. They have done a good job showing how he will fit in with their program.
“Everything has been great with them, I communicate with them almost every week,” he said. “They just check on me, they tell me how the campus is and how their play style is. They give me clips of their games to watch and see how they play.”
It’s very early to get a great feel for where his head is at, but programs like Georgia, Clemson, NC State, Pittsburgh, St. John’s, Illinois and more are actively recruiting him. He will be one of the most interesting recruitments to follow this high school season.
Noah Hutchins, a class of 2019 PG from The Park School (NY), has picked up an offer from UC Riverside.