No. 30 recruit Bruce Brown chooses Miami Hurricanes

Shooting guard Bruce Brown, ranked No. 30 in the ESPN 100, announced his commitment to the Miami Hurricanes on ESPN's Recruiting Nation on Wednesday morning.

Brown chose Miami over the Indiana Hoosiers after having previously considered Xavier, Purdue and UMass from a long list of scholarship offers.

The Hoosiers had been the perceived favorite throughout the summer and most of the fall, but Brown said Miami had always been at the forefront of his mind.

"They were always in it more than people realized," Brown said. "They were just under the radar."

The Hurricanes offered a scholarship to Brown dating to February of his sophomore season, when former assistant and current Bowling Green coach Michael Huger saw him during a midseason event in his first year at Vermont Academy.

The Hurricanes made a big push again this fall, with coach Jim Larranaga and multiple assistants all making the trip north at one point or another.

"I developed a great relationship with Coach Brunt, Coach Caputo and Coach L," Brown told ESPN. "They came up to see me even after my visit and they were one of the only schools who did that."

Brown, who originally hails from Wakefield, Massachusetts, ascended the player rankings after a strong summer on the EYBL circuit. At the Peach Jam, Brown averaged 15.6 points, 5.6 rebounds and 2 steals per game while playing for Boston Area Basketball Club (BABC).

Brown's commitment is a pivotal one for Miami as he provides the Hurricanes with an immediate impact guard on both ends of the floor to team with 6-foot-10 center Rodney Miller.

Later Wednesday, ESPN 100 big man Dewan Huell (No. 21) chose the Hurricanes over South Carolina, giving Miami a top 10 class.