March 11, 2008

Five-star adds a hoops state title to resume

Marlon Brown deserves a break. The five-star football practice has earned at least that much. Following his superb junior football season at Memphis (Tenn.) Harding Academy, Brown headed right into his first love but his second sport of basketball. Recently, Brown closed out his junior basketball season with a Tennessee State Championship.

In case there are any doubts, Brown is not simply a role player on his Harding Academy squad. In fact, Brown led his team in the championship game with 35 points and nine rebounds.

Raised a basketball player, Brown has the athleticism and fluidity that is always present in success on the hardwood. However, Brown's recent football success brings him the strength and physicality to be dominant in both sports. Brown showed off that new found strength with a game that involved a lot of time on the free throw line and a lot of inside work.

Now Brown finally has some time to rest.

"It was real exciting," Brown said of the State Championship. "We went 22-10. I'm a little bit worn out but I'm used to it. I think I'm gonna have a week of where I do nothing and then I'm going to start taking visits."

Almost every school in the nation would love to get the 6-foot-5 gridiron star on its campus this spring including the most recent school to offer him, Missouri. Brown has already put some thought into where he trips but his schedule rivals his offer list in length.

"I'm going to Florida for sure, USC for sure, Georgia, Notre Dame, LSU, Kentucky, Tennessee and Stanford," he said. "I'll probably be going weekends in the spring and in the summer time."

Brown also hopes to sprinkle in some camp appearances but with AAU basketball also part of the equation, he will be stretched extremely thin.

Despite an offer list that is as long as just about any player's in the country, Brown is not ready to eliminate any school from consideration.


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