Elijah Brown Signs With Bulldogs

INDIANAPOLIS, IND. -- Santa Ana Mater Dei guard Elijah Brown made his commitment to Butler official on Wednesday (April 17).  The talented Southern California player signed his letter of intent with the Bulldogs and became the fourth member of Butler's class of incoming recruits.

Brown verbally committed to Butler in January and then went on to complete an outstanding senior season at Mater Dei, which included a second consecutive state title.  The 6-4, 185-pound backcourt player averaged 17.3 points, while helping Mater Dei to the first 2013 California Interscholastic Federation Open Division Championship.  Mater Dei finished the 2012-13 campaign with a 34-2 record.  

"I'm really excited to officially welcome Elijah to the Butler basketball family," said Butler head coach Brad Stevens. "Elijah is another great example of the type of student-athlete we like attract to Butler.  He is a very versatile guard who can do a number of different things, including score the basketball in a variety of ways.  He loves the game, he works at the game and he thinks about the game on a daily basis.  He really wants to be good."

Brown joins 6-10 Nolan Berry of De Smet Jesuit H.S. (Mo.), 6-7 Andrew Chrabascz of Cushing Academy (Mass.) and 6-2 Rene Castro of Worcester Academy (Mass.) in Butler's 2013-14 freshman class.

"I've been dreaming of playing Division I basketball since I was a kid," Brown said. "Ever since Butler started showing interest in me and Coach Stevens started coming to my games, I knew I wanted to consider going to Butler very seriously. Now that my dream is a reality, it's the best thing for me. I can't wait to get started at Butler and win some games."

Brown, the son of former Cleveland Cavaliers and Los Angeles Lakers coach Mike Brown, began his high school career at St. Edward High School in Cleveland.  He transferred to Mater Dei as a junior and helped his team to the state Division I championship, the first of his back-to-back state titles.  Mater Dei finished the 2011-12 season with a 34-2 record and ranked second in the nation.

"Anytime you recruit a young man who has two state championships and has played in those environments and under that kind of spotlight, that certainly adds to his ability to handle those types of experiences once he gets here," added Stevens.

The Butler recruit scored in double-figures in 30 of 34 games as a senior and notched 20 or more points in 13 contests.  He posted a high game of 33 against points JSerra Catholic in early December and against Long Beach Poly in the state tournament.  He finished the season averaging 5.1 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.4 steals.  Brown was named to the 10-player All-Area Team by the Los Angeles Times, and he earned honorable mention All-State recognition.  

Butler, coming off a 27-9 season and a berth in the round of 32 at the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship, will begin its first season in the new Big East next fall.  The Bulldogs have won at least 20 games in eight consecutive seasons and have participated in the NCAA Tournament in six of the past seven campaigns, including back-to-back appearances in the national championship game, 2010 & 2011.