We can only imagine how bittersweet the last few days have been for Gabe Brown.
The 4-star, rising Belleville senior wing — who stands at 6-foot-8 — wrapped up his weekend at Michigan State’s Tom Izzo Shootout with a coveted offer from Tom Izzo. On Tuesday afternoon, Brown tweeted out his decision to be the third commit of the 2018 class, but his story attached went deeper.
Committing two days after fathers day, Brown brought everyone back to when he was 14 years old with his dad suggesting he play for Michigan State.
Dad This All For You☝ ,Blessed To Say I Am Officially A Spartan Dawg ....#RIPDAD ❤️ #GOGREEN pic.twitter.com/hAEpspmYsf— Gabe Brown/Bubba (@_Going_Pro_) June 20, 2017
“Tom Izzo is the greatest coach and he’s making pros,” said Brown’s dad according to his tweet.
Sadly, Brown’s father passed away last year. In fact, Brown also said he almost quit basketball altogether due to the pain of not having his No. 1 fan by his side.
More than one year later, all Brown has done is catch the eye of more and more coaches, and luckily for both MSU they swooped in at the right time. 247’s Crystal Ball had him at a 100% Michigan commit, but Izzo’s offer changed everything within days.
On the court, Brown is an athletic wing that finds a way to score however he pleases. Playing for the notorious AAU team The Family at the Nike EYBL last month, Brown averaged 9.2 points on a 54.6 eFG percentage.
Brown also joins 4-star guard Foster Loyer and 4-star power forward Thomas Kithier in the 2018 class. That leaves one more open scholarship for the 2018 class, but that number will of course grow if Miles Bridges or Jaren Jackson or Nick Ward or Joshua Langford or, heck, Kenny Goins goes pro. Alright, I’m getting ahead of myself here.
But hey, this is great news for Michigan State. This class is taking solid form, and they’re not done building yet.