UIC gets fifth commitment for 2011 class

Updated: October 11, 2010, 9:36 PM ET
By Scott Powers | ESPNChicago.com

CHICAGO -- University of Illinois-Chicago coach Howard Moore is on a recruiting roll.

Moore added the fifth piece to his 2011 recruiting class on Monday with the commitment of 6-4 shooting guard Marc Brown out of Woodrow Wilson High School in Dallas, Texas.

Brown was previously committed to Florida State. He chose the Flames despite interest from Central Arkansas, Minnesota, Nebraska and Penn State.

"I had a good bond with the coaches," said Brown, who was also recruited by Wisconsin when Moore was a Badgers' assistant. "I made my visit a couple of weeks ago. I had a good vibe with the team. I feel like I can go in and help Coach Moore beat Butler and become a winning program. I can go in and put up big numbers and help the team out to win."

Dallas-area recruiting analyst Glenn Smith thinks Brown could be an impact player in the Horizon League.

"He's a slashing wing, a pretty good shooter," said Smith, who is with metroplexhoops.com. "He's a really good defender. He has deceptive athleticism. He has a chance to be a difference-maker. He needs to be a little quicker with the ball. Once he does that, he can be successful at that level."

UIC received commitments from Curie point guard Greg Travis and Simeon small forward Ahman Fells on Sunday. Morgan Park shooting guard Jerome Brown and Fishburne Military School (Va.) center Will Simonton also previously committed.

Scott Powers covers high school and college sports for ESPNChicago.com and can be reached at spowers@espnchicago.com.

Scott Powers is a general reporter for ESPNChicago.com. He is an award-winning journalist and has been reporting on preps, colleges and pros for publications throughout the Midwest since 1997.