Roseville wing Lucas Brown made his college decision this morning after contemplating offers from division one schools Florida Gulf Coast, South Dakota, South Dakota State, and Wofford. Brown has visited all the schools besides Florida Gulf Coast either officially or unofficially. He averaged 17.1 points per game as a junior.
Brown played for Wear Out the Net and coach Mitch Ohnstad this spring and summer. It was Ohnstad who let Minnesota Preps and Rivals.com know of Brown's decision.
"Lucas committed to Wofford," said Ohnstad 15 minutes ago.
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Wofford won the Southern Conference tournament last year and battled Wisconsin to a 53-49 defeat in the NCAA Tournament.
Three of the top four scorers on last year's Wofford team are from Minnesota. Noah Dahlman, now a senior, scored 16.6 points per game with 6.3 rebounds and he's from Braham, Minnesota.
Wofford's second leading scorer (9.5 points per game) is Jamar Diggs who is from Minneapolis and played at DeLaSalle. Jamar's long time friend and former high school teammate Cameron Rundles was the fourth leading scorer at 6.6 points per game.
All three players will be seniors this season for Wofford but Minnesota will still have a representative at the school in 2011-12 with Lucas Brown expected to be an in-coming freshman.
Diggs was the host on Brown's official visit to Wofford the third weekend of September. The following weekend Brown visited South Dakota State. Lucas had also been hearing from Santa Clara, Harford, Pepperdine, Loyola Chicago, and The Citadel.
Brown is the third ranked small forward prospect in the state of Minnesota's 2011 class and when Minnesota Preps ranked the entire 2011 class back in April Brown came in at number nine. Brown is a prospect with much potential.
Lucas is described as a fairly athletic wing with a good build. He first made a name for himself playing up a level with Ohnstad's MSB Roadrunner program as a sophomore. Brown has the agility to rise up, square his shoulders, and get a shot up at just about any time. Brown is also an explosive finisher in the open floor plus has decent three point range and consistency.
Defensively as well as rebounding Lucas improved this off-season as there was more of a concentrated effort. Against strong competition in the spring against Minnesota Pump N Run and Howard Pulley it was Brown who opened eyes harassing opponents as an active defender as well as scoring aggressively at the rim.
A next step for Brown will be to improve his dribble attack game to open up more space for his jumper off the bounce. When he's able to create more space for himself off the dribble drive Brown's shooting consistency will definitely improve.