Trey Brown had a successful junior season in his first year as a starter helping lead Shawnee Heights to a 15-7 season.
Brown, who averaged 14.8 points, 3.9 assists, and 1.5 steals for the Thunderbirds, carried over his momentum into the spring playing for SSA Elite at the Midwest Live in Iowa, the GASO in Texas, and the Jayhawk Invitational in the Overland Park area.
“We started out a little slow, but the last couple of ones towards the end we’ve been doing pretty well and playing pretty well together as a team,” Brown said. “We’re starting to grow together and getting a good feel for each other with how we play.”
College coaches have recognized Brown’s talent as a distributing point guard with the ability to score going to the rim or hitting outside shots in addition to tough, hard-nosed defense.
“I think it’s gone pretty well so far,” Brown said. “We’ve definitely seen a lot of good competition, but I’m just trying to play defense and not worry about stuff if it’s not going my way.”
Brown, the top-ranked 2017 player in Topeka, has received interest from four local Division II schools including Northwest Missouri State, which finished 27-6 this past season, Missouri Western, Missouri Southern, and Emporia State.
Northern Arizona, a Division I program in the Big Sky Conference, watched Brown at the GASO last month and plans to keep tabs on him.
Brown identified Missouri Western as the school that has showed him the most interest so far.
“Missouri Western has showed me a lot of interest so far,” Brown said. “They’ve texted me about once or twice a week.”
The interest has been something Brown has gotten used to.
“It’s been good. I’ve liked it so far,” Brown said. “It was pretty new to me at first, but a lot of schools have been talking to me lately so I’m getting used to it. I really like it and just talking to all of the schools and see what they have to say about me and what I need to improve on.”
Brown would like to sign early during the November signing period.
“I’d probably want to sign in the fall,” Brown said. “I’d probably like that heading into the high school basketball season knowing where I’m going to go so I can focus on that.”
While Trey is the top 2017 prospect in Topeka, his younger brother Tyce Brown, is a 2019 point guard on the rise to also keep an eye on. Tyce has been standing out while playing on SSA Elite’s 15U team after playing in nine games for Shawnee Heights as a freshman.
“He has changed a lot especially since the high school season,” Trey said. “In the high school season he worried about a lot of things and was scared to make mistakes, but now watching him in the past few tournaments he’s really gotten a lot more athletic and I think he’s not worried about anything anymore. He’s just going out and playing hard.”
Shawnee Heights will be participating in team camps at MidAmerica Nazarene (June 3-4), the KAMO Shootout (June 10-12), Arkansas (June 16-18), and Kansas State (June 25-26).
Shawnee Heights returns a number of key players including Brown, leading-scorer Poncho Freeman, and guards Michael Brooks, Jesse Moss, and Tyler Zentner. They will be looking to return to the state tournament for only the second time since 2002 after their 2015 appearance.
“I think we’re all pretty excited,” Brown said. “A lot of us played last year so we know how it felt last year and for a lot of the guys it was their first time playing. Now we’ve got our leading scorers back, we got a lot of our bench back, and hopefully we have some new guys step up like Tyce and Tyler White.”