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.”