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Posted On: 09/30/18 3:01 PM
East Ridge standout sophomore Kendall Brown is a top 25-30 level player in the country and yesterday he earned his first high major offer, and it comes from the hometown Minnesota Gophers.
Coach Richard Pitino had Kendall and his family by practice on Saturday morning and at some point during the unofficial trip to campus Pitino extended the offer to Brown.
“I’m excited about the offer,” Kendall said. “It means a lot and it’s just the beginning.”
The visit was another chance for Brown to meet with the Minnesota staff and to see the Twin Cities campus including the new hoops facilities.
“The (Minnesota coaches) are fun and energetic all the time,” Brown said. “The (facilities) were nice, they are up there with the top school (facilities) in the country.”
Brown played up two ages when he competed with the Howard Pulley 17U EYBL team from May through June plus he was often the primary ball handler as a freshman on one of the best teams in the state of Minnesota during the 17-18 season.
Raptors coach Bryce Tesdahl was also excited about the Gophers offering Brown.
“Great to see the Gophers be the first high major to offer Kendall,” Coach Tesdahl stated. “I believe it’s the first of many for him, but it’s cool to see the hometown team make the first move.
“Coach Pitino and assistants have already been in our gym this fall a couple of times and I believe they want to make Kendall a major priority in the 2021 class.”
Coach Tesdahl described Kendall Brown as a player for Prep Hoops on Saturday after the offer was extended.
“Kendall’s athleticism, length, and skill makes him a top 25 player in the country at his age level,” Tesdahl said. “Kendall’s ability to make an impact on both ends of the floor is big time. He makes plays that remind me of a college sophomore not a sophomore in high school.”