Throughout his high school career over the past year, Stephen Brown has proved to be one of the top players in Illinois’ 2026 class. From his freshmen season at Marist High School to his grassroots season over the spring and summer, the 6’7” forward has only continued to shine on the hardwood. As well, he earned co-mvp honors at the Pangos All-Midwest Camp back in October. 

This has continued into his sophomore season early on. Right now, Brown is averaging 16.4 points and 7 rebounds per game. “Versatile” is how Brown first describe his game. “Can get downhill and if you sag off, I can shoot the three or mid-range,” he added in. The versatility of his is always on display as he plays big around the paint on both ends of the floor but has also continued to greatly improve his perimeter skills. There are few underclassmen in the state that can match his physical tools with his length and athleticism to go along with his skills. 

With his incredibly high ceiling and already highly impactful play, Brown has already drawn plenty of college interest to date. He has a division one offer which he received back in July from Western Illinois. Additionally, plenty of college programs are showing interest in him. From the high major level, Arizona State, Baylor, Notre Dame, and Ohio State have all shown interest so far.  

After helping Marist advance to the Regional Finals back during his freshman season, Brown has some larger goals in this season. “Make a state run,” is what Brown is looking to accomplish this season in addition to “excel my game.” Brown and Marist will be playing in the Chicago Elite Classic tonight up against St. Laurence.