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Andre Brown, a senior guard on Williamsburg Christian Academy’s talented boys basketball team, has decided to play college basketball at Division III Lynchburg College.
Brown, who is averaging slightly more than 10 points per game for WCA this season, committed to Lynchburg College on Tuesday.
For Brown, Lynchburg College proved to be a perfect distance from home. Compared to other schools he was considering, like Christopher Newport University, Lynchburg College allowed Brown to get away while still remaining close to his friends and family.
“The location mattered a lot,” he said. “I kind of wanted to get away a little bit and become a true young man.”
Lynchburg Basketball Coach Hilliary Scott began recruiting Brown after his junior season at WCA. Brown would later take two visits to the campus — one last spring and one over the summer.
Brown said he felt an immense sense of relief once he learned Lynchburg College was interested in him. For Brown, knowing he was wanted by a college basketball program helped calm his anxieties of not being able to play college hoops.
Prior to Lynchburg’s interest, Brown said he would occasionally try to do too much during games in an attempt to get noticed. Brown said his whole game changed as he stopped trying to force plays once Lynchburg began recruiting him.
Once Brown got deeper into his recruitment and learned more about what Lynchburg College had to offer, he began sensing the school and basketball program would be a good fit.
“They are the first Division III team to be sponsored by Adidas,” he said. “They have the major I’m trying to major in, criminology, and also next year they are losing six seniors, so it’ll give me a good opportunity to possibly start or play big minutes as a freshman.”