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NCAA Basketball: Analyzing 7 reported contenders for 5-star PG Mikel Brown

5-star NCAA Basketball prospect Mikel Brown could be coming to a decision soon. Which teams are reportedly in the mix to land him?

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Providence Friars

Devin Carter has been a star for the Friars, currently leading them in all three main categories. There’s a good chance that he’s gone, leaving guards Jayden Pierre and Garwey Dual, who have combined to produce around 12 ppg and 5.5 apg on the season. There’s not much depth behind them at all so regardless of what those two would do, there’s a big need for a scoring boost of someone like Brown in the future lineup.

Texas Longhorns

Brown is seeing what a smaller lead guard can do in Coach Rodney Terry’s system, seeing Max Abmas lead the team with 17.2 ppg and 4.4 apg on the season. The problem here is that unlike teams like Alabama and Indiana who missed out on prospects, Texas didn’t. They landed five-star combo guard Tre Johnson, along with Cam Scott in the 2024 class. This would only make sense for Brown if he stayed in the 2025 class and waited a year for them and Tyrese Hunter to depart.

UCF Knights

Another “local” option, UCF is a team in desperate need of more talent, now that they’re in the Big 12. They only have one commit in the 2024 class (Kyle Greene Jr.) and will lose a couple of senior guards, though both Darius Johnson and Jaylin Sellers can be back for a senior season.

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Playing time definitely wouldn’t be an issue for someone like Brown, who could be a leading option sooner rather than later. The concern here is that Coach Johnny Dawkins may be on the hot seat and with the team looking like the worst in the Big 12, this prospect may have to wait until the 2025 class and see how the coaching position works out before truly viewing this as a viable option.