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Brown, McBride and Harris Rate As State’s Top Offensive Players

Brian Stinnette
November 21, 2002

Need to score some points? Then your search should end with Shannon Brown, Richard McBride and Anthony Harris, the best offensive players in Illinois high school basketball.

Shannon Brown of Proviso East rates as the best player in the state, and one of the top 10 players nationally. The 6’2 shooting guard has signed to play for Michigan State next year.

Brown is one of the most exciting high school players to watch in the country. Nobody leaves their seat when he is on the floor for fear of missing one of his eye-popping slam dunks. He scores points in every way imaginable. He shoots three’s, he drives to the hole, and he puts back misses by his teammates. Brown regularly drops baskets with two or three defenders hanging on him.

Springfield Lanphier’s Richard McBride is another offensive force. McBride packs a powerful build on his 6’2 frame. He loves to jack it up from beyond the three-point arc. He nearly willed Lanphier to victory in last year’s state championship game with a barrage of bombs from three-point land.

Don’t let McBride’s three-point prowess fool you. He is one of the strongest guards in the state, and is fully capable of bulling his way around the basket for easy points. Ranking as of the top 50 players nationally, McBride is part of an Illinois recruiting class that ranks among the best in the country.

Whitney Young’s Anthony Harris is best described as a “scoring” guard. The 6’1 Harris is the best player in the Chicago Public League. Harris has a feather-soft touch on his jumper that he routinely nails from distances up to 25-feet.

Harris is equally adept at beating his man off the dribble. At times, he is unstoppable one-on-one, because of his quickness, and his skill at finishing shots close to the basket. Harris has yet to make a collegiate commitment.