Zach Brown to Connecticut: Huskies Land 5-Star Center Prospect

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Zach Brown to Connecticut: Huskies Land 5-Star Center Prospect
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University of Connecticut's basketball program secured the commitment of 5-star center Zach Brown on Wednesday, according to Reggie Rankin of ESPN.

Brown is considered the No. 2 prospect from the state of Florida, the No. 3 center prospect and the No. 20 player overall, per 247Sports

"Zach is so excited with the family and brotherhood of the UConn team, staff and fans," Brown's guardian, Michael Lipman, told Eric Bossi of Rivals.com. "He loves the incoming recruiting class and the chance to compete for a national championship."

Brown added, "Coach [Kevin] Ollie and the players showed me so much love and it's like a brotherhood," per Rankin.

Brown already physically looks the part of a dominant center, standing 7'1" and weighing 268 pounds. Bossi offered the following scouting report on the young player:

Like many young big men, Brown can be a bit prone to foul trouble at times but he also embraces physical play and is a hard worker on the interior. Offensively he goes strong to the rim as often as possible and he has started to develop confidence in a baby hook shot that he can make with either hand. Because he's an around the rim player he doesn't have to worry too much about extending his shooting range but his free throw shooting is another area that can be improved.

He averaged 18.4 points, 17.0 rebounds and 9.0 blocks per game last season at Miami Beach High, before transferring to Miami High this season. 

While he won't offer that type of production at the college level, it's clear that he has the potential to be a dominant, game-changing player on the block and should offer an immediate impact for UConn.

Brown's recruitment is an excellent start to the 2017 class. Kevin Ollie and company already put together the seventh-ranked recruiting class for 2016, per Rankin, so adding such a high-profile, talented player at the center position will make the Huskies very scary in 2017.

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