St. John's recruiting update: forward Justin Brownlee

The Chipola Junior College small forward Justin Brownlee is said to have interest in coming to the St. John's Red Storm and being the final member of the recruiting class of 2009.

Listed at 6'7" / 230 pounds according to Rivals.com, Brownlee is originally from Georgia but went to the City College of San Francisco for a year before attending Chipola College in Florida.

He also has strong interest, it seems, from Oklahoma State University and possibly another Big East suitor. Brownlee received a 5.7 rating from Rivals.com in 2008, and was their 107th best prospect in 2007; Scout.com has him as a 3-star prospect. More on Justin Brownlee below.

Justin BrownleeBrownlee was the sixth man for a Chipola team that was #1 in NJCAA rankings; he played next to Gary Flowers and Malcolm Armstead (who committed to Oregon recently).

According to the Chipola College stats page, per game Brownlee averaged:

  • 10 points (48.7% shooting, 32.3% 3-point - 2.4 3-pt attempts per game)
  • 5.7 rebounds per game
  • 2.2 assists
  • 1 steal
  • 67.7% FT (around 2 attempts per game)
  • .5 blocks
  • 1.5 turnovers

No rate stats, since Chipola doesn't post full season numbers. Some scouting on Brownlee:

Justin BrownleeFrom PrepStars in 2007:

Justin Brownlee has apparently reclassified as a junior. He showed range, the ability to finish with both hands around the hoop and can beat a defender off the dribble. He's listed at 6-7 but is closer to 6-5. He did not show that he has the footwork which he will need at that height at the next level.

From Draft Express in 2007:

Brownlee was one of the more consistent big men in camp showing off nice touch inside of 17 feet and proving to be very effective on the boards. At 6'7" though, he may be a bit too smaller to play four or five in college or if he does want to advertise himself as a true big man a few pounds could help. Game reminiscent of Jared Dudley.

From Scout.com in 2009 ($ subscription required):

A much improved ball handler since his high school days, Brownlee actually spends a good portion of his time on the floor running the point. He is active on the glass, gets loose for buckets in transition and has developed a pretty reliable pull-up jump shooter from between 12 and 17 feet.

Having played his first year of junior college ball at San Francisco CC, things are just starting to pick up for Brownlee on the recruiting front.

The questions I have:

  • This guy went to two separate JUCOs to get his grades in order?
  • I guess this means Norm Roberts is just looking to get the best talent in, win, and hold on to his job rather than thinking about the rosterocalypse that will happen in 2011, when all of his players (save four) will have left the program.
  • It seems that his natural position is wing; but it also seems that he might play a speedy, undersized 4-man. He'd better, because the depth at forward is shallow (Evans/ Burrell/ Coker/ Thomas) and the depth at the wing is fairly strong (Mason Jr./ Kennedy/ Lawrence/ Roberts).
  • His stats were modest, and despite being the fourth ranked Junior College player by Rivals/ Juco Junction, he was a sixth man?

Videos on Brownlee:

Chipola's official highlight reel for Justin Brownlee.

A dunk highlight from Yay Area Hoops.

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