After Dave Telep of Scout.com published an article yesterday that Penn Wood's 6'5 rising senior Aaron Brown officially committed to West Virginia, I put a brief article with a few links up here. Since that point, a number of other media outlets, including ESPN.com, have confirmed the decision. One of the better articles on Brown and his decision is written by Chris Vito of the Delaware County Times. In the article, which is linked below, Brown explains his rationale behind the decision. Ultimately, Brown chose West Virginia over Temple, having narrowed his choices to two. Penn Wood head coach Clyde Jones explained Brown's decision, saying that the challenge of playing in the Big East conference was a major factor.
Brown's commitment to West Virginia shows that there is only so much that local coaches like Temple's Fran Dunphy and Saint Joseph's Phil Martelli can do when Big East and ACC schools come calling. Members of the Temple and SJU staff were fixtures at Penn Wood games throughout this season.
Brown is the third Philadelphia-area 2011 star to make his college decision. John Johnson and Jaylen Bond are both headed to Pitt, choosing the Big East program over serious local A10 interest. Saint Joseph's was heavily involved with Johnson until he made his decision, and Temple was heavily recruiting Bond. Brown is now the third local star to choose the Big East route, picking West Virginia over heavy interest from both Temple and Saint Joseph's. Devin Coleman, Juan'ya Green, and Malcolm Gilbert are three more local 2011 players with serious interest from local A10 schools and Big East, Big Ten, and ACC programs. Will they go the route of Brown, Johnson, and Bond or not? We will find out over the coming months.
Chris Vito Article on Aaron Brown's Commitment to WVU