St. Johns has now lost its top recruit for the 2017-2018 season. The school announced today that it was a “mutual decision” to release brown from his National Letter of Intent.
Zach Brown, the talented but troubled South Florida high school basketball player was arrested earlier this week for robbing a Walgreens. It adds to a growing rap sheet that also includes credit card fraud and other instances of theft.
“It was a mutual decision to release Zach from his national letter of intent,” head coach Chris Mullin said in a statement obtained by Marley Paul of Rivals. “We wish him the best of luck.”
Currently regarded as the No. 35 player overall, Brown is the only one holding himself back at this juncture. Standing at an imposing 7-foot, 260 pounds, he has the kind of physical gift from the gods that most people dream of.
Brown has bounced around in high school as well. Having played in four different high schools in as many years, he was asked to leave one of them after an on the court incident. Immense talent will take you far, but not all the way. Even with the struggles St. John’s is experiencing in its front court, struggles that Brown would have instantly helped solve, he proved to be too much of a distraction.
If Zach Brown is able to straighten himself out some, he’ll definitely get another chance to play basketball. If not, he’ll just be another person who squandered their supreme physical talents.