East Ridge's Kendall Brown (10) makes a move to the basket against Eastview during the second half of the Class 4A quarterfinal game of the State Boys' Basketball Tournament at Target Center in Minneapolis on Wednesday, March 20, 2019. East Ridge beat Eastview, 78-41. (John Autey / Pioneer Press)

2021 5-Star Recruit, Kendall Brown Chose Prep School; He Tells MSF Why and Updates His Recruitment

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Over the course of a couple days last week on Instagram, I chatted with former East Ridge 2021 combo guard/wing Kendall Brown. Brown, like Gary Trent JR did in 2017 (along with a few other past Minnesota preps), has moved on from traditional high school basketball, instead opting for a Prep school out of state, Sunrise Christian Academy. He’s now a 5-star on most recruiting outlets.

For Trent, his ultimate goal was to get to the League, and the jump paid off. He went on to Duke for a year, and then got drafted by Portland (technically Sacramento and the traded to Portland), where he is currently averaging over 10 MPG

Back to Kendall Brown, who has secured 18 offers so far from schools like Minnesota, Kansas, Ohio State, Marquette, Texas, and others. The shift to Sunrise Christian and moving to EYBL team Mokan may open even bigger school options, like North Carolina, Duke and Kentucky.

It’s only a matter of time before one of those big schools to come calling. Brown has shown promise as ball handler and playmaker since he was a Freshman, and has ideal size for an NBA wing, at 6 foot 7 inches. His smooth jumper and explosive jump help blend all of that into a rising star.

Currently, Brown is #20 overall by 247 Sports and the ESPN Top 60. Rivals bumps him to #17 overall. He’s on the edge of national explosion like fellow Minnesota Prep Chet Holmgren.

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Q: What led to you transferring out of state to go to Sunrise Christian?

A: To get ready for college. I felt like this would help the most to elevate my game.

Q: Has it been difficult adjusting?

A: At first culture wise, but nah, not really.

Q: Have you put on weight since getting to Sunrise?

A: 10 lbs.

Q: Following other Minnesotan basketball players you participated with Team USA, how was that experience?

A: Great experience everytime I go up there. I learn something new and I’m competing with the best everyday, so I’m just getting better.

Q: The rating sites have gotten you now as a 5 Star which is quite an honor, and your up to 17 offers, have you narrowed your list?

A: Up to 18 now with the Ohio State offer recently. And no, I’ma narrow it down in the summer.

Q: Oh my fault LOL. Congratulations for that offer. Anything you’re looking for from any school specifically that’ll help you pick one over another?

A: The relationship with the coaches and wherever I can get the best help to have the best chance to get to the league.

Q: While watching you I view you as more of point-type player, able to create. Is this where you think you play from, going forward, or more of a traditional wing?

A: Yeah, more of a combo guard cause I can handle the ball and create.

Q: This summer will we see you with D1MN?

A: Mokan (Is a EYBL program in Kansas)

Q: I’ll have to look for them. Appreciate you chatting with me. Will be following your path.

A: Yesuh thanks. 

Ryan Schmidt | Minnesota Sports Fan

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