Brown Basketball Announces Its Class of 2015

Brown Basketball Announces Its Class of 2015

Brown Basketball Announces Its Class of 2015


Providence, Rhode Island -  Brown men's basketball coach Jesse Agel and the Bears' coaching staff has announced the Brown Basketball Class of 2015, with six talented freshmen entering Brown in September 2011. The Brown Basketball Class of 2015 features guard Christian Gore (El Paso, TX), center Rafael Maia (Santa Cruz, Brazil), forward Jon Schmidt (Baltimore, MD), guard Joe Sharkey (Norwood, MA), Taylor Wright (Berwyn, PA) and Longji Yiljep (Samaru-Zaria, Nigeria).


Christian Gore

6-2, 175


El Paso, TX

Franklin High School


Secondary School Background:  Three-year first team All-District selection...Averaged 16 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists per game as a senior…Also a three-year Academic All District selection…McDonald's All-American nominee…Three-time All-City and All-Area honoree…Athlete of the Year at Franklin High School...Named Athlete of the City in 2011.



Rafael Maia

6-9, 230


Santa Cruz, Brazil

Maine Central Institute


Secondary School Background: Averaged a double-double with 15.0 ppg, 10.0 rpg as a senior…. All-New England selection…Led MCI to the NEPSAC Prep School Championship with wins over Brewster Academy and New Hampton…Team captain…Team captain of Brazil's National Team for three years – Under 16, Under 17, Under 18…Plays for Club Paulistano, the Brazil National Champions in 2007 and 2008, and the Sao Paulo State Champion in 2009.


Jon Schmidt

6-7, 210


Baltimore, MD

Friends School of Baltimore


Secondary School Background: Lettered in basketball (4), lacrosse (3) and soccer (3)…Four-year starter who scored 1,202 points and grabbed over 1,079 rebounds…Averaged 21.0 ppg, 12.0 rpg, and two blocks as a senior…Team captain as a junior and senior…MIAA All-Conference selection his junior and senior years…Arthur O. Grey Outstanding Male Athlete Award winner at Friends…Also named the Friends' Lawrence Peacock Scholar-Athlete Award winner…Also earned MIAA All-Conference honors in lacrosse as a senior.


Joe Sharkey

6-2, 190


Norwood, MA

Northfield Mount Hermon


Secondary School Background: MVP at the 2011 National Prep School Invitational…Averaged 15 points, 6 assists and 6 rebounds a game…Team captain as a senior…Holds record for most wins and most games started in Northfield Mt. Hermon history…Jervis Beudick Jr. Basketball Award winner in 2011…Finished the 2010 season ranked second in the nation, falling in the finals of the Prep School National Championship game.



Longji Yiljep

6-5, 185


Samaru-Zaria, Nigeria

Westtown High School


Secondary School Background: Averaged 12.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg his senior year…2011 team captain…MVP of Hoop Group Academic Elite Camp…Led Westtown to a second place finish at the 2010 Friends School League Basketball Championship…Also ran track at Westtown, earning All-League honors for three years…member of the school record holding 4x100 and 4x400 relay teams…Holds the Independent Schools record in the 800 meters.



Taylor Wright

6-5, 185


Berwyn, PA

Episcopal Academy


Secondary School Background: Earned letters in basketball (3), baseball (4) and football (3)…Second team All-Inter Ac selection…Labor Classic All-Star selection…Baseball team captain; First team All-Inter Ac in baseball…Holds the school record in football for most passing yards in a season.