Sterling Brown making brother proud

Proviso East (Ill.) standout Sterling Brown has seen his recruitment take off after a stellar junior season and strong showing on the AAU circuit. His older brother, Phoenix Suns guard Shannon Brown, is proudly watching and supporting.

It could be easy for Sterling Brown to be caught in the shadow of his older brother, two-time NBA champion guard Shannon Brown. However, Sterling, a four-star forward prospect, is blazing his own trail which has made big brother proud.

"He's doing his own thing; that's the one thing that I love about it," said Shannon Brown of his younger brother. "It's good for him to go out there and keep basketball on the forefront. He's out there on the national circuit, handling his business. He's got a lot on him but he's still coming through."

Sterling is set for his senior season with Proviso East (Ill.) High School. As a junior, Brown gained recruiting attention while leading the Pirates to a 32-1 record.

Brown continued to impress college coaches during the July evaluation period, as a member of the Mac Irvin Fire AAU team. His list of offers includes DePaul, Illinois, Miami, Nebraska, Northwestern, Oregon State, USC, and others.

Shannon Brown understands the interest in his younger brother, who he believes is a talented all-around players.

"He can score the ball, pass the ball, dribble the ball," said the elder Brown, who enters his second season with the Phoenix Suns. "He can do everything with the basketball."

As Sterling Brown continues to see his recruitment skyrocket, his older brother has some solid advice to offer up.

"It's his decision, wherever he wants to go," said Brown of Sterling's recruitment. "He's got to make that decision. If it doesn't work out or does work out, he doesn't want to look back and blame somebody else for something that happened."

A former McDonald's All-American and Illinois Mr. Basketball selection, Shannon Brown was a three-year star at Michigan State, one of the schools which is recruiting Sterling. Brown averaged 17.2 points per game with the Spartans during his junior season, and was drafted by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the first round of the 2006 NBA Draft.

While Shannon has built an impressive résumé during his basketball career. However, he feels Sterling can achieve even more.

"I see him being better than me, that's how I feel about it," said Shannon. "He's got a great feel for the game. If he continue to work, go out and go hard, the sky is the limit for him."

Chris Emma has covered recruiting, college athletics and professional baseball for FOX Sports Next since 2009. Emma covered the Nebraska Cornhuskers for Big Red Report, and currently covers the Northwestern Wildcats and Chicago Cubs. He currently resides on Chicago's north side.
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