- Scott Powers, ESPN Staff Writer
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Proviso East senior shooting guard Sterling Brown committed to Southern Methodist on Monday.
Brown, a 6-4 guard, visited SMU over the weekend and informed SMU and the other schools recruiting of his decision on Monday. He also considered DePaul, Miami, Northwestern, Providence, South Carolina, Tennessee and Xavier.
Brown is ranked the 36th shooting guard in the nation and the state of Illinois’ seventh best prospect in the Class of 2013 by ESPN.
“We liked everything,” said Sterling's father Chris Brown, whose elder son Shannon Brown plays for the Phoenix Suns. “From coach Larry Brown to the staff, it was a match in every way. We are close to our family there. We just thought everything was perfect.
“We like coach’s style. He’s won a NCAA title and NBA championship. His record speaks for itself. There were no promises, but hard work pays off.”
Brown averaged 13 points and nine rebounds last season. In a state championship loss to Simeon and its star Jabari Parker, Brown scored a game-high 25 points on 10-of-18 shooting, hit two 3-pointers, grabbed five rebounds and had one steal and one assist.
SMU assistant coach Jerrance Howard’s connections in the Chicago area helped pay off for the second time since leaving Illinois after last season to join Brown. Howard also helped in the recruitment of Crandall Head, who played at Rich South High School and left Illinois last season.
Brown is SMU’s first commitment in the Class of 2013.