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Former Columbia basketball standout commits to Georgia

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Columbia natives Christian Brown and Juwan Gary returned to their hometown with their new school at the Bojangles' Bash high school basketball showcase.
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Columbia natives Christian Brown and Juwan Gary returned to their hometown with their new school at the Bojangles' Bash high school basketball showcase.

Christian Brown will play in the Southeastern Conference. It just won’t be at South Carolina.

The Columbia area native committed to Georgia on Friday.

Brown, who is playing his senior year at Oak Hill Academy in Virginia, also considered USC, Oklahoma State, NC State and UNLV. Georgia coach Tom Crean got involved with Brown and made him a priority when took the Georgia job last March. Crean visited Brown at Lower Richland where Brown attended last year shortly after taking over the Bulldogs.

Brown took an official visit to Georgia in October. He also visited Oklahoma State two weeks ago and the Gamecocks recently got back involved with him. The senior forward attended USC’s game against Arkansas last month and hung out with Gamecock signee Trae Hannibal and had an in-home visit the next day from coach Frank Martin.

Brown joins an already loaded recruiting class for the Bulldogs. Anthony Edwards, the No. 1 ranked recruit in the country, committed in February. Georgia also has four-star recruits Jaykwon Walton and Toumani Camara. Georgia’s class ranks No. 5 overall in Rivals recruiting rankings.

Brown is ranked No. 61 in country by 247Sports. He is averaging 12.7 points and 4.7 rebounds for nationally-ranked Oak Hill this season.

Brown and Oak Hill will finish up their season with Oak Hill at Geico Nationals in New York City on April 4-6.

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