Brown chooses Buffs

Brown chooses Buffs

The first player new coach Tad Boyle has added to the Colorado program is transfer Carlon Brown, a product of Riverside, Calif., who has spent the past three seasons at Utah. We've got comments from Brown about his decision inside.

Carlon Brown took a few days to consider his options after visiting Boulder earlier this week to check out the Colorado basketball program and the campus.

He informed Scout.com this afternoon he is officially a Buff and will come to Boulder and enroll in classes sometimes this summer. He chose CU over Kent State when considering where he wanted to transfer.

"It was nothing in particular, but I prayed about it and talked to my fiance about it and a couple of my family members and close friends and everything was pointing toward Colorado," he said. "I couldn't refute it or deny it. So I just made a decision.

"It's a tough decision because I really like the coaches at Kent State, but at the end of the day as they've always told me and I've always learned, I've got to make the decision that is best for me."

Brown was Utah's leading scorer last season and second leading rebounder averaging more than 12 points anf four rebounds a game. He will have to sit out next season under NCAA transfer rules, but will be able to practice with the team.

He will be eligible once again in the 2011-2012 season when he will be a senior. He should be a solid replacement for Cory Higgins who will graduate after next season.

"He was excited," Brown said of the conversation he had with coach Tad Boyle when he made his decision. "He's glad to have me on. One of the things he told me is I'm going to make practice better and more competitive being that I've been around college the past three years and I can bring a lot of leadership and attributes to the team."

Brown said he has already completed a lot of his schooling at Utah and was enrolled in summer school each of the past three years. Boyle has told him he doesn't need to come to Boulder and enroll until the fall semester for that reason and the fact that he will not be playing next fall.

Brown is also engaged, and his fiance is staying at Utah for the next year. Not having to report to Boulder will allow them more time together.

Brown, 6-foot-5, was a two-year starter for the Utes until early last season when he was asked to come off the bench. He would have been the Utes top returning scorer (12.6 ppg) next season and second returning rebounder (4.1 rpg) if he had remained in that program.

Brown said there were restrictions placed on him at Utah, both on and off the court, that he no longer was comfortable with, and he decided to transfer because of them.

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