According to GazetteNet, Luwayne Pipkins and Bruce Brown both visited campus earlier this week.Pipkins is Derek Kellogg’s top class of 2015 recruit and he has verbally committed to play for the Minutemen. Bruce Brown, who most people haven’t heard of yet (I hadn’t either) is one of the hottest basketball commodities in New England this year.
First of all, hats off to Derek Kellogg for his recruiting efforts with Pipkins. Pipkins, a 5’11” point guard from Chicago seems to be the heir apparent for Trey Davis. After this season, Trey, Derrick Gordon and Jabari Hinds will be seniors, making recruiting at the guard position especially important. Pipkins seems like he will be a great fit for Derek Kellogg’s system and he has been tweeting about how excited he is to become a Minuteman.
It’s not huge news that Pipkins was at UMass, after all he has committed to play here, but it is shocking to see Bruce Brown visit campus. Brown is a Massachusetts native from Wakefield and is considered the #1 2016 recruit in Massachusetts by ESPN(although he plays for Vermont Academy so he is listed #2 on the Vermont list by 247 sports). He already has offers from Arizona State, Auburn, BC, Texas Tech and Wake Forest. Can we add UMass to the list? DK is in the process of filling his 2016 recruiting class and nabbing this 4 star recruit would be a huge move.
A few months ago, we wrote about how UMass’ new reputation as the best basketball program in the state (move over BC) should have an impact on recruiting guys from our own backyard. Check out the article here. Hopefully signing a player like Brown will end the trend of the Shabazz Napiers and Goodluck Okonobohs leaving our beloved state.
Realistically, the chances of signing brown are slim, but the thought of four star recruits even stepping foot on campus makes me feel tingly in all the right places. Sign Brown or not, the future is bright in Amherst. If you haven’t joined the bandwagon yet, I suggest you hop on for the ride!