Ohio State SG (26) - Eugene Brown (****)

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    Three weeks ago, four-star wing Eugene Brown picked up an offer from Ohio State. Holtmann watched him play in person three days prior and opted to pull the trigger. Brown is the No. 118 overall prospect and 26th-ranked shooting guard in 2020. The Decatur, Georgia, native holds offers from Butler, Xavier, Clemson and others.
     
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    Seven months before four-star wing Eugene Brown ever received an offer from Ohio State and six months before he began hearing from the Buckeyes, he pondered whether he’d ever play basketball again.

    Near the beginning of his junior season with Southwest DeKalb High School, the promising Georgia native broke his leg. The mind-numbing pain, he said, was unlike anything he had ever felt before.

    “On the way to the hospital, I definitely thought my career was over,” Brown told Eleven Warriors on Thursday. “So there was a lot of emotions going with that. But after surgery, I knew everything was going to be fine and all that stuff. My spirits got lifted.”

    Brown called the recovery process “up and down.” He wasn’t able to leave his house for a while, which left him hurting that he couldn’t help his team, which lost games he didn’t think they’d lose if he were able to set foot on the court.

    In March at the end of his high school team’s season, he managed to get back on the court to play in a semifinal game. Then he began playing with AOT on the Nike EYBL circuit before he needed a screw removed from his leg because, due to his lean frame, it caused pain rubbing against his knee.

    During the time off due to injury, though, Brown’s recruitment didn’t slip much, he said.

    “It actually didn't slow down, but I was definitely worried about the offers and everything,” Brown said. “Once I got hurt, new schools started calling, actually.”

    Ohio State’s coaching staff didn’t reach out until June, Brown said. But once they began intently watching the 6-foot-6, 170-pounder, they took an interest.

    On June 25, three days after Chris Holtmann watched him in person, the Buckeyes extended an offer to Brown, the No. 116 overall prospect and 26th-ranked shooting guard in the class of 2020.

    “They said they liked my length, my ability to defend, my size and my ability to score,” Brown said.

    Georgia, Georgia Tech, Clemson, Texas A&M, Xavier and Butler have also offered him scholarships.

    Brown already has two official visits set; he plans to visit Texas A&M on Aug. 28-30 and Xavier on Sept. 4-6. He also said he’s working on setting up an official visit to Ohio State, which will be important since he said he has never even been to the state of Ohio.

    “After I take the visits to Ohio State, Xavier and Texas A&M, I plan to cut my list down to five,” Brown said.

    Since he plans to make a decision this fall, it’ll be imperative for Ohio State to impress on the eventual official visit. The Buckeyes currently have one open scholarship in 2020, and Brown is among the wings they’re pursuing.

    Brown, who plays for his dad on his high school team, will provide a deft shooting touch to whichever team lands him, and he has worked to expand his offensive game in the past couple years.

    “I'd describe my game as all-around,” Brown said. “Probably my best ability is shooting. But I try to defend, I try to lead, communicate, do everything I can to help my team win. I feel like my ball-handling's underrated, and it's something that I work on a lot just to make sure that's at the level of my other abilities.”
     
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    Four-star shooting guard Eugene Brown
    No. 116 overall, No. 26 shooting guard – Decatur, Georgia

    After recovering from a broken leg, Brown returned to full health and impressed Holtmann enough to receive an offer from the Buckeyes in late July.

    As a Georgia native, Brown told Eleven Warriors he has never been to the state of Ohio. However, he said he is working to schedule an official visit that would likely take place in September. Given his unfamiliarity of the program and state, that visit will have a tremendous impact on whether Ohio State can cement itself in the mix for Brown, a 6-foot-6, 170-pound wing.

    Georgia, Georgia Tech, Xavier, Texas A&M, Clemson and Butler are also in consideration. Brown told Eleven Warriors he plans to cut his list to five schools after visits to Ohio State, Xavier and Texas A&M.
     
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    Eugene Brown Planning To Visit
    After Holtmann watched Eugene Brown play in late June, he extended an offer to the four-star wing. As a native of Decatur, Georgia, Brown has never been to Ohio, but he plans to take an official visit to Columbus on Sept. 13-15.

    He's the No. 116 overall prospect and the 25th-ranked shooting guard in 2020.

    Recently, Brown included Ohio State in his top six, along with Butler, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Louisville and Texas A&M. He took an official visit to Butler last year, and he plans to visit his other finalists in an official capacity in September and October before making a fall decision, per Scoopman.
     
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