When Brandon Brown and Josiah Davis visited the West Virginia practice facility on Saturday, they were given a tour of the state-of-the-art facilities before coming down to the practice court, finding most of the Mountaineers players waiting for a game of pickup.
Davis, already a three-star commit in WVU’s 2022 class, and Brown both play for Teays Valley Christian in Scott Depot, W.Va., and Brown told WV Sports Now the level of competition is so much higher than what even what it appears to be when watching them play on TV.
“It was crazy,” Brown said. “You watch those guys on TV, and it’s a whole ‘nother world out there when you’re playing with them. It was great getting to play with that level of talent.”
Brown, a 6-foot-3, 180-pound point guard recruit from the class of 2022, hasn’t received a WVU offer yet, but he did get to spend Saturday in Morgantown with Davis on an unoffical visit.
— Brandon Brown (@bbrovvn) September 12, 2021
“Man, it was great,” Brown said. “We met at the practice facility and kind of toured around all the facilities and saw coaches, talked to the coaches. Me and my teammate Josiah [Davis], he’s already committed to going there next year, we got to play pickup with the guys for about two hours.”
In getting to build a connection with WVU assistant coach Ron Everhart, getting to tour the facilities and attend the WVU football game against Long Island University — even getting down onto the field at Milan Puskar Stadium — Brown said his favorite part was getting to spend a few hours in the gym with the team.
Playing with fully-fledged Division I basketball players, Brown thought he adjusted himself well and played pretty well. “The first game was tough; it’s just like a shock, you know? But after that, I settled in and played pretty good,” Brown said.
“Being in that position, you always think it’s your dream. You want to do that and then you’re there and it’s going on,” Brown said. “It’s like, ‘Wow, I’m actually here.'”
Davis, one of Brown’s best friends, actually helped faciltiate the recruiting push for him. Brown said Davis introduced him to the WVU coaches, and he was able to build a connection with Everhart in the process.
“[Everhart] really started recruiting me, talking to me a lot, and then he came down last Thursday and watched me workout,” Brown said. “That’s kind of when we planned the first visit for this first home football game.”
With offers from Army and Navy so far, Brown has a few options on the table, but he has to figure some things out. He’s hopeful the WVU relationship continues to grow at the pace it’s been moving so far, but he’s keeping his options open.
“I’m still working some things, weighing my options and seeing where I really think I’m going to end up fitting the best, but it’s going good,” Brown said. “I’m liking the way our relationship is going, and I hope it keeps growing in the way it’s growing. It’s been really nice getting to know these guys.”
The future for Brown is still undecided, and he’s unsure of future visits as of right now, but he does feel like he’ll be visiting another West Virginia college in the near-future.
I’d say I’ll probably, hopefully, go to Marshall soon,” Brown said. “I’ve been talking to a few of the coaches there, so I’ll probably go up there again. I’ve been up there a few times. I’ll probably go to Marshall, but none other planned right now.”
With an ideal committment day of sometime in December, Brown just wants to be able to have his commitment locked down by the time basketball season rolls around in the spring.
— Brandon Brown (@bbrovvn) July 17, 2021