Providence, R.I. - Brown men's basketball coach Mike Martin '04 has announced his first recruiting class at Brown with six outstanding student-athletes joining the Brown team in the fall of 2013. Brown's Class of 2017 includes 6-0 point guard Tavon Blackmon (Upper Marlboro, MD), 6-4 guard Norman Hobbie (Spring Lake, NJ), 6-7 forward Leland King (Inglewood, CA), 6-4 guard Matty Madigan (Winston-Salem, NC), 6-10 forward Aram Martin (San Antonio, TX), and 6-6 guard Steven Spieth (Dallas, TX).
"We are very pleased to welcome this group of six into our program this fall," said Martin, a finalist for the 2013 Joe B. Hall Award as the top first-year head coach in Division I basketball. "We feel that we have addressed some of our needs and these young men will significantly improve our depth. Each member of this class will have an opportunity to contribute early in his career and will blend nicely with our returning players, as we look to become more competitive in the Ivy League."
The six newcomers will join a Brown team that posted a 13-15 record in Martin's first year, including a win over Providence College, and a fourth place finish in the Ivy League standings.
Brown's Class of 2017
Upper Marlboro, MD
Gonzaga College HS
Why Brown?: "Brown gives me the opportunity to receive one of the best educations in the country."
Spring Lake, NJ
Why Brown?: "Brown's reputation for academic excellence, personal growth and development, and its commitment to athletic accomplishment is second to none. On my unofficial and official visits, I was immediately struck by the positive atmosphere and cohesive nature if the Brown community. I knew Brown would be my home."
Why Brown?: "Brown is a great environment and a great place for me. It's a wonderful opportunity academically and athletically."
Why Brown?: "I felt like it was definitely a place I could spend the next four years of my life. The coaches and players are awesome."
San Antonio, TX
The Miller School of Albemarle
Why Brown?: "Brown is the perfect environment in terms of school with equal parts of academics and athletics. My visit to Brown was amazing."
Jesuit College Prep
Why Brown?: "I chose Brown because of its great mix of academics and athletics, and I believe I can thrive there."