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Green & White Grabs Gabe Brown, Belleville Cager Goes MSU For Dad

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He did it for his pops.
 
Belleville incoming senior boys basketball star Gabe Brown committed to Michigan State this week, fulfilling a father’s desire for his son in the years before he died.
 
Brown is a 6-foot-8 southpaw small forward with a high motor, soft touch and warrior’s spirit from end-to-end. He’s ranked a 4-star recruit and a Top 10 prospect in the state’s Class of 2018.
 
Wearing the Green and White is what Brown has longed to do for three years now – it was a goal that turned deeply personal. According to Brown’s own words on his social media accounts announcing his decision to become a SpartanTuesday, his dad told him when he was a freshman in high school that he wanted him to play his college hoops in East Lansing for MSU.
 
Last year, Brown’s dad died suddenly of a stroke. Just a couple days ago, he received the much-coveted offer to play for Team IZZO and didn’t let the bid to the Big Ten get away, committing within 48 hours. 
 
As a junior at Belleville, he posted 17.5 points and 10.5 rebounds per game and shot almost 45 percent from the field.
 
Brown joins in-state power forward Thomas Kithier of Macomb Dakota and in-state point guard Foster Loyer (Clarkston) in the Spartans' 2018 recruiting crop. Kithier committed last summer and Loyer committed back in the fall..