Southern Miss Transfer Aaron Brown Down to 5, Will Decide Soon

Southern Miss transfer Aaron Brown has a top five and hopes to make a decision in the coming few days, he told SNY.tv by phone Wednesday.

“I hope to decide this weekend,” he said.

The 6-foot-5, 215-pound Brown, who averaged 9.9 points and 4.3 rebounds last season at Southern Miss, is now considering Boston College, Iona, Oregon, Florida State and South Florida. He said some 22 schools reached out to him, but he had to narrow his list.

“Man, I don’t even know which coach is which [who’s calling],” he said. “It’s crazy but it’s exciting as well.”

As a graduate transfer, Brown would be eligible immediately for the 2014-15 season, making him appealing for teams who have a late need due to injury or other reasons.

“I’m a valuable piece right now because some teams don’t have a lot of depth,” said Brown, who will be landing at his third school after previously playing two years at Temple. “I’m looking for the right fit to help me in my years after college at the next level.”

Brown, who cancelled a Thursday visit to Rutgers because it wasn’t the right fit, visited BC Monday and Iona Wednesday. He hopes to trip to Oregon this weekend and possibly Florida State at some point. He is also considering USF and head coach Orlando Antigua, who is coaching the Dominican Republic team against Team USA Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden.

As for FSU, he said, “I’m trying to figure out something now. They start school on Monday.”

Meantime, he heads to Oregon possibly Friday.

“I really want to out to Oregon and visit Oregon,” he said. “They recruited  me when when they were at Creighton [Dana Altman’s] staff.”

Meantime, Boston College may be the favorite because they’re in the ACC and relatively close to Brown’s home in Hackensack, N.J.

“BC is definitely sill there,” he said. “It’s the ACC. They’re close to home. It’s the best conference in the country in my eyes. That’s definitely up there in my top five.”

Brown also has ties to Iona, which recruited him out of high school at St. Benedict’s Prep.

“Iona was good,” he said of the visit. “I know Scott Machado and what they did for him and I know Sean Armand. Last time around I didn’t give them a look and I’m keeping all options open.”

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18 comments
Gary Wien
Gary Wien

With Lundquist playing at his current level; Nash & Zucc playing the way they are; and guys like McDonaugh keeping the defense strong -- the RANGERS ARE A CUP CONTENDER!  I'm tired of people making it seem like we're an afterthought.  There are 2-3 very good teams in the East.  All you have to do is make the playoffs and you have a chance.  With a goaltender like Lundie, you have a GREAT chance.


Callahan is one of the best all around players in the game.  People are being way too quick to dismiss him imo.  Should we pay him what he wants? No, but there's got to be a range that makes sense.  Trading him for a guy that makes not much less and will be up for a new contract in a year is ridiculous.

Michael Stewart
Michael Stewart

Got to make the trade with Callahan's value up.$6m per year for a low 20 goal scorer and a 3rd liner is not a smart business move.

Jarred Kirzner
Jarred Kirzner

I say trade Cally for a dam good center who can hit, reasonably fast, can set guys up, has 15 - 20 goal capabilities and a prospect with upside. Have him center Nash and Kreider and move Richards to wing and Stepan to the second line.

Christopher Onzo
Christopher Onzo

Ryan Callahan is the best Captain this team has had since Mark Messier, and you want to compare him to Chris Drury??? You will never be able to put a $ value on a player like Callahan. He is more than stats, he is a true leader. Do you think that the LA Kings would have won the Cup if they would have traded Dustin Brown like everyone said they should?  Callahan exemplifies what it means to be a Captain and a New York Ranger!

briguch
briguch

Honestly imo the Rangers are more of a cup contender than LA they cant score at all

Michael Kuczynski
Michael Kuczynski

You can't deny that Ranger Fans love & respect Ryan Callahan, but $6mill @ longterm is way too much for his production level.  These agents are getting ridiculous, and Sather is not the GM you play Hardball against, he'll stand firm.

With complete & full respect to Cally, i don't want a captain that only leads by example like Drury did.  Someone that can be firm & be lighter to loosen locker room is key.

Steve Lagerveld
Steve Lagerveld

What about Cally for Bfugilyn (spelling?)...would love to have that guy as the number 2 RW behind Nash

zenith
zenith

Trade him to StL for Morrow and a top prospect like Jaskin or Rattie.

Nate Strack
Nate Strack

I have watched almost EVERY single game that Cally has played since he 1st came up from the AHL....I LOVE his work ethic, and his style of game, and his courage...but for him 2 DEMAND over 6 million a year is just ABSOLUTELY crazy to me....yes the cap IS GOING. Up next year, but ANYONE who truly knows the NHL nowadays KNOWS what u can get for over 6 million a year....look at all the incredibly talented offenisive players we could get for that 6 plus million a year that he wants....the list is AMAZING. Cally is worth 5 mill + (4.5mill to say 5.25), but if he won't bend, I say trade him out west for an NHL player, a prospect who is ready and/or a pick. It really pains me to say this, seeing how I really do wish he would just resign for 6 years at 5 mill a year.....but he's very money hungry. I don't think he's gonna bend, and I DO see him getting traded, then he'l prolly end up in BUFFALO next year....seeing how its close to Rochester (where he and his family currently live and are from)....its too bad and it will be a very sad day.....maybe we can get Dubinsky back and a strong prospect for cally!!!! Lol

avery16
avery16

Cally is a product of Tortorella's system maybe the Rangers should try and trade him to Vancouver for Zach Kassian a prospect and pick. We get back a rugged wing with scoring upside and Cally gets to play with the guy who made him credible.

J Paul Read
J Paul Read

If you can get a prospect and an NHL ready player, you have to make the deal. No one loves Callahan more than I, but it would be the right thing to do to make that trade.

Especially if that NHL ready player is an offensive minded defenseman. I feel MY Miller can come up right now and play Callahan minutes right now.

Michael Stewart
Michael Stewart

@Christopher Onzo Below are Drury's and Callahan's career stats. Your above quote "Ryan Callahan is the best Captain this team has had since Mark Messier, and you want to compare him to Chris Drury" needs more clarification. Are you suggesting that Drury was not as good as a leader as Callahan and or are you suggesting that Drury was not as good as a player as Callahan. The below stats will suggest otherwise on my second question.

Chris Drury stats

Games 892

Goals 255

Assists360

Total points 615

Ryan Callahan stats:

Games 443

Goals 130

Assists 119

Total points 249

Drury has had two seasons of 30+ goals and 4 seasons of 60+points in his career

Callahan has never had a 30 goal season or a 60 point season.

both played the same style of guts and gave up their body for the team.

both were defensive minded forwards and played in all three zones..

In both of their primes, Drury was the better player than Callahan for the simple fact that he could score.

Steve Lagerveld
Steve Lagerveld

They're the same age but Byfuglien is under contract for 2 more years at a $5.2m cap hit.  Maybe Capt. Cally could smack the attitude out of Evander Kane too.

John Capone
John Capone

@Nate Strackyou really think he is money hungry ... you cant read everything you hear!

its a negotiation. You have to start high!


Nate Strack
Nate Strack

That's not very accurate of a comment. He was productive, and played the EXACT SAMESKILL SET AND TYPE OF GAME with Tom as the head coach, b4 Torts' came in as the head coach....what is incredibly perplexing to me is, that Cally thinks that we can't find his exact skill set ANYWHERE ELSE in the league?? He hits people and blocks shots and kills penalties...and he DOES do it good.....but he's only an AVERAGE offensive skilled player. He's good for about 50pts per year, I GUARANTEE we can findthese Benifits in another player for like 4 million a year elsewhere....his captaincy has gone to his head quit a bit IMO