By Joe Henricksen
The opportunity to get an Ivy League education and chance to play right away were enough to sway Riverside-Brookfield’s Sean McGonagill to commit to Brown. The 6-1 guard, who had a very good visit to North Dakota in late September, made it official on his visit to Brown this past weekend.
McGonagill, who the Hoops Report has labeled one of the more overlooked players in the Class of 2010 and one many college programs missed the boat on in the recruiting process, is the quintessential “steal” for Brown. He will take over the point guard duties from day one once he steps foot on the Providence, Rhode Island campus.
After a sensational junior year at R-B, the steady, rock-solid point guard had a productive spring and summer with the Illinois Kings. He elevated himself from a standout Division II prospect to a legitimate Division I player with consistency and production all spring and summer.
McGonagill is a player a coach can put his trust in, a coach on the floor who makes the right decisions and is able to handle anything thrown his way. He has great floor vision, makes the right pass and just has a feel for the game that helps elevate the level of play of his teammates. He will knock down shots and provide leadership. Most of all he just wants to win.
Brown already has a strong contingent of former Illinois prep players on its roster. McGonagill will be the sixth Illinois prep player at Brown next season. St. Joseph’s Garrett Leffelman, Carmel’s Sean Kane and Loyola Academy’s Peter Sullivan are all juniors, while Glenbrook North’s Tyler Ponticelli and Loyola Academy’s Matt Sullivan are currently freshmen.