By Joe Henricksen
Hillcrest point guard Julius "Juice" Brown ended his recruitment on Sunday with a verbal commitment to Toledo. Brown, who helped lead Hillcrest to the school's first basketball state championship last March, said his decision came down to Toledo and TCU.
"I felt really comfortable there when I was on my visit," said Brown, who averaged 13 points a game as a junior and led the Hawks to 32 victories. "I had a bond with the coaches there and Toledo fit with my style."
Brown decided to end his recruitment, even before visiting TCU, because he believes Toledo was the "perfect fit." A host of mid-major programs were involved with Brown, who should thrive in the Mid-American Conference.
Toledo coach Tod Kowalczyk, who is in his first year at the school after a solid run as head coach at Wisconsin-Green Bay, will be getting a Hoops Report favorite in Brown. The 5-8 leader brings scoring ability, a burst off the dribble and is one of the top 25 prospects in the Hoops Report's loaded Class of 2011.