March 23, 2013

Brown ends season with big honors

Despite not achieving the team success he would have liked during his final season at Bowling Green High School in Ohio, Vitto Brown took home some individual hardware.

The Wisconsin signee was named named the Associated Press co-player of the year in Division II along with Dan Monteroso and Luke Kennard.

"My team had an up-and-down season this year," Brown told "We finished 14-11 and made it to the district semifinals, second place in our league.

"From an individual standpoint I did great this season. Averaged 24 points per game, 13 rebounds per game and 4.5 blocks per game. I received district player of the year, Northwest Ohio player of the year and Division II state player of the year."

A 6-foot-8, 225-pound forward, Brown could have a chance to contribute early in his career at Wisconsin with front-court starters Mike Bruesewitz, Ryan Evans and Jared Berggren having exhausted their eligibility at UW.

"I definitely think I'll contribute from the beginning," he said. "I don't know if I'll start yet, but I know I'll earn some good minutes and help the team win."

Brown kept a close eye on the Badgers, whose season came to an end Friday in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

"I tried to watch almost every game and I was able to go to their game at Indiana and their last home game against Purdue," Brown said. "I think they did very well. I know it was surprising they lost in the first round but I believe they did much better than everybody expected them to at the beginning of the season."

With just a few weeks left in high school, Brown is looking forward to enrolling in classes at Wisconsin this summer.

"It's an awesome feeling," he said. "Right now I'm just working out getting ready and finishing up strong in school.

"I've been keeping in touch with all of my fellow recruits. I talked to the coaches about rooms last week and they'll said we'll figure it out soon after the season is over. Class starts June 17."

Brown is one of five players who signed scholarships to play for the Badgers this fall. He will be joined by Bronson Koenig, Riley Dearring, Jordan Hill and Nigel Hayes.

Brown, who committed to Wisconsin in September, chose UW over offers from Iowa State, Minnesota and Nebraska, among others.

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