The RDU region constantly puts out next level talent. With so many high profile talents in the region it can be easy to overlook a player or to have one fall through the cracks. Next thing you know, that player shows up on a D1 roster doing big things and the question everyone asks is 'how did that kid get out of North Carolina'' We could very well be asking the same thing about Jomaru Brown very soon.

Brown is a 6'2 guard prospect out of Southern Durham HS. When I first saw him go as a freshman I wrote a review about him stating he'd be a D1 player. His skill level, athletic ability, and the way he attacked the game really stood out. So much so compared to others on the floor that you knew he'd play at that level when his HS career had ended. Fast forward 4 years later and news is out that he has committed to Eastern Kentucky, a team coming off an 11-20 season that could use a few more playmakers like him.

Unlike most freshmen, Brown is coming in equipped to play right away thanks to his strong work on the defensive end of the floor. He can score as needed but at the next level everyone can score. What will set him apart early is his ability to take his man out of the game on defense. He has great quickness, understands defensive positioning, and has active hands when locked in on his man. He has also proven to be a solid off ball defender as well making him very well rounded on this side of the court. He can guard the 1 or 2 easily and with the prevalence of 3 guard line-ups, he could really guard 3 spots if called on as he has the strength and speed to handle anything on the wing.

So with all this said, what role will Brown have next year' This is hard to say as Eastern Kentucky brought in a ton of guards last year in their freshman class. Of those though, only 2 saw 15 minutes a game on average with those 2 getting 10 points per game combined. As we stated, Brown can score and do so from all 3 levels on the offensive end but EKU brings back a lot of it's offensive production on paper it looks like so he will have to carve out a spot on defense first. We can see this happening and if he can get regular minutes (16-20 per game) it is not crazy to think he could lead the team in steals (32 was the team lead last season).

Bottom line here is this, NC schools let another plus talent get out of state. A quick look at his verbalcommits.com page shows that at the time of his commitment, he did not hold a single D1 offer from an in state school. Georgia Southern, Evansville, James Madison, and Radford were all in on this talent but the only listed offer from an NC school was from Lees-McRae, a DII program. This is not to say that NC schools were not in on Brown, just that they did not show as part of the listing of offers. We can't keep letting talent like this leave the state. We have too many programs here in NC that could have used a player of his caliber. We wish Jomaru the best of luck going forward in his career and say thank you for the memories and your effort with which you played the game. Godspeed young man.