Phoenix College 6-foot-5 sophomore guard Jamar Brown had two excellent seasons in the ACCAC, and is coming off a sophomore season where he led the conference in scoring. While waiting for college suitors to recruit him throughout the season, Brown has now found his college home - giving a nice verbal commitment to the University of Missouri-Kansas City and Head Coach Marvin Menzies and his coaching staff.
Brown is a nice commitment for Menzies and his program, as he led the ACCAC in scoring this past season, while leading Phoenix College to a 13-18 overall record this season. Brown averaged strong numbers as a sophomore - teaming up with fellow sophomore guard Mike Rogers, as the two top scorers in the conference this season. Brown averaged 22.8 points, 9.8 rebounds and 2.2 assists per/contest, while shooting 49.7% from the field, 43.8% from three-point distance and 82% from the free-throw line. Brown put up very impressive numbers this past season and did all he could do to keep his team competitive throughout the junior college season. Brown's individual statistics were each among the league leaders in the ACCAC.
Brown will most likely see his time as a 2 or 3 in college, although he played wherever Phoenix College Head Coach Duane Eason needed him to, to help his team win, as he defended numerous different positions on the court. Brown has quick feet and hands and can keep his man in front of him, while also providing serious help defense off the ball. While he is known for his scoring, he stuffs the stat sheet as a result of his activity and willingness to guard and compete. He is a very good shooter of the basketball with range, although he does not look like a pure shooter of the ball, his numbers are off the charts as a shooter and scorer, since he has put in the time to develop in that area. He can catch and shoot, score on the move and also has a good mid-range game that allows him to post up smaller defenders.
Brown is also an excellent rebounder from the guard position and is always seen on the glass fighting for rebounds or loose balls. He is always seen on the floor diving for loose balls throughout a game, and it is a mystery that he is not often hurt, but, whether he is or not, he plays major minutes for his team consistently and is always a high producer. Brown is one prospect that you have to watch several times to truly gain a love for what he does on the floor, since his size and athleticism do not jump off the page. As you watch him, you realize his value to a team and his ability to play with a purpose.
I have watched Brown develop as a player and a college prospect over the past, since his early days at Hamilton High School, and am very proud of his accomplishments as a player, which came through his focus and hard work on his craft. This is a nice honor for Brown, who completely earned the opportunity to become a Division-I commit.
Brown will join fellow ACCAC product, Scottsdale Community College 6-foot-6 sophomore forward Cameron Faas @ University of Missouri-Kansas City next fall. Faas also gave a commitment to UMKC recently as well.
Congratulations to Brown and the Phoenix College basketball program on this amazing accomplishment, and good luck to him in his college future from our Arizona Preps' staff.