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Gibbs' Barry Brown commits to Kansas State

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Wed. August 27, 2014 | Bob Putnam | Email

Gibbs guard Barry Brown announced on Twitter that he has committed to Kansas State.

Brown's decision comes a week after he narrowed his college choices to four schools and set up official visits for next month. He was  supposed to visit Kansas State on Sept. 17.

"I already knew in my hear Kansas State was where I wanted to go," Brown said. "It would have been a devastating blow if I waited and someone else filled my spot. I really thought about waiting it out, but I wanted to make sure I got what I wanted."

Brown said his recruiting consisted of phone conversations with the Wildcats' coaching staff. He still has not seen the campus, but plans to make his official visit in September.

"I love the fan base and the crowd support they get," Brown said. "I had a great connection with the coaches and feel like they have my back and are looking out for my best interest."

Kansas State was 20-13 and lost to Kentucky in the second round of the NCAA tournament last season.

Last season, Brown averaged 20.5  points while leading the Gladiators to an 18-9 and a berth in the Class 5A region semifinals. He also had an impressive offeason playing for his his travel team, Each 1 Teach 1.

Brown is the second Pinellas County player in the Class of 2015 to commit to major Division I program, joining Lakewood's Anthony Lawrence Jr., who is going to Miami.

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