Henry Brown (Photo: Provided)
EVANSVILLE – Henry Brown ticks off some of the boxes professional Boy Scouts are looking for. At 6-foot-3 and 185 pounds, he's tall and has a large frame. He has good hands and feet and a little bang in his racket.
But before the pro ball is due one day, the senior shortstop of Central High School has made an oral commitment to continue his career at Indiana State University.
"I chose ISU because I thought it would be a perfect fit for academics, baseball programs, institutions, and the environment in general," said Brown, who played for the Evansville Leathernecks this summer.
His father Damon worked for Gary Redman at the University of Southern Indiana from 1991 to 1993 before his career ended with a ruptured rotator cuff.
"In the end it was a very difficult decision to know that three quarters of my other family members took part in USI, but in the end I wanted to make the choice that suited me best and that is decently far from home," said Henry.
His father said it was up to ISU and USI.
"It certainly wasn't an easy choice for him as USI was a good one too," said Damon.
According to Henry, Leathernecks trainers Reece Rounder and Ryan Miller, as well as Central trainer Mike Goedde, were of great help during the recruiting process. For example, they talked to him on the phone, recorded videos to send to coaches, and just discussed his options.
"When you have three people like this who went through exactly the same process, that's a huge benefit," Brown said.
He spoke to an area scout who represents the Atlanta Braves.
"I'm just going to keep working as hard as I can and if baseball happens to me one day after college it would be great," said Brown. "That's the big goal for most baseball players anyway."
Damon, who was Central's girls' soccer coach from 2002-17, led the bears to the state semi-finals in 2004 and 2005 and is currently teaching at the Highland Elementary.
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