UE’s 2013 recruiting class tripled in size Monday, adding point guards Jaylon Brown and Duane Gibson to Castle High School forward Blake Simmons’ commitment made in May.
In the 6-foot-3 Gibson, the Aces secured a pass-first guard. He averaged 12 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists as a junior at Villa Angela-St. Joseph High School in Cleveland.
From Brown, measured at 5-foot-11 or 6-foot, UE will get scorer. He averaged a team-best 13.2 points and 2.8 assists as a junior at Fishers High School outside of Indianapolis.
Rated a three-star prospect by Rivals.com, Brown is one of the most high-profile players coach Marty Simmons has landed in his six seasons at UE. The Indiana Basketball Source breaks down his game: “Brown is likely the most athletic guard in the state of Indiana regardless of class. He has great body control when he gets to the basket, which allows him to finish most plays. His outside game has been steadily improving and has shot very well beyond the arc during the fall league. Brown has a very high ceiling at Evansville.”
Gibson comes with less fanfare, but his high school has produced stars such as Desmond Howard and Clark Kellogg. He’s also first cousins with Washington Redskins linebacker London Fletcher, another VASJ graduate. Triple Double Prospects rates Gibson the best high school point guard in Cleveland.
Another note: Both players said UE freshman guard D.J. Balentine played a big part in convincing them to pledge to the Aces. Depending on whether Marty Simmons uses Balentine as a point or shooting guard, the new commits could eventually compete with him for playing time.
—Check out my full story in today’s paper about Brown and Gibson.
—Kyle Neddenriep of the Indianapolis Star wrote about Brown’s commitment.
—The News-Herald in Ohio provided the local angle on Gibson.
Here’s more internet chatter about the two point guards: