New Murray State Head Coach Mick Cronin was known for scouring the JUCO ranks in his assistant coaching stints at Cincinnati and Louisville.
Cronin struck gold on Monday by signing 6-7 power forward Kelvin Brown of Fort Scott C.C. of Kansas.
Fort Scott Head Coach Brette Tanner called JUCO Junction on Monday to inform us of Brown's commitment and signing, which caught us a bit off guard.
Late last month, we reported that Brown would visit Southern Illinois. He did so in late March without committing.
In the middle of April, we reported that Brown was in a bit of a holding pattern regarding his recruitment. Schools like Nebraska were sniffing but he had no official visits set up.
When Cronin got the Murray State gig and entered the picture, things changed abruptly. Brown visited the Kentucky college this past weekend, from Apr. 25-27.
"He worked Kelvin really hard," Tanner said. "Kelvin saw a connection there, and liked the idea of playing for a young guy. He also felt that he could be the start of something new and special at Murray State."
Brown projects as an impact player in the Ohio Valley Conference after averaging 22.2 points and 9.9 rebounds per game for Fort Scott in 2002-2003.
A native of Lauderhill, Fla., Brown played his freshman year at South Florida prior to enrolling at Fort Scott last fall.
A mobile and athletic power forward, Brown is an active presence on the offensive glass. He's quick to the basketball and know how to score on the low block.