Some sad and unfortunate news out of Florida, where Class of 2017 recruit Zach Brown, a 7-1 center from Miami, was arrested on Saturday night on alleged robbery charges. Bail has been set at $25,000 according to Miami-Dade county public records. He is ranked among the top 30 prospects in the Class of 2017.
The South Florida basketball community was dealt a saddening blow Sunday, as SFHSSports learned that Miami Beach 7-foot-1 center Zach Brown was arrested for robbery and fraudulent use of a credit card.
Brown, 18, was taken to Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center where he’s being held on a $25,000 bond.
SFHSSports attempted to call to Miami Beach head coach Jacob Shaw and Brown’s legal guardian Michael Lipman, but neither were promptly returned.
Brown, who’s ranked the No. 25 overall prospect in the 2017 class by ESPN, had recently returned to South Florida after spending less than four months in Connecticut attending Putnam Science Academy.
In a February article Brown admitted that he left Miami due to being surrounding by bad influences:
“I wanted to get out of Miami, because I had a lot of distractions with suspensions and crazy stuff,” Brown told The Hartford Courant in February. “Miami is like a party city, so I wasn’t focused mentally. I had to come up here if I wanted to be successful.”
Shortly after he enrolled at Putnam, The Courant reported that Brown was asked to leave the school following an on-court altercation with opposing players.