Chaundee Brown is a pleaser, by nature.
When Brown, the No. 38 prospect in the country, picked Danny Manning and Wake Forest over Kansas in 2016, he was the school’s highest-ranked commit since Al-Farouq Aminu and Tony Woods in 2008, back when Wake Forest could still glide on the memories of Chris Paul.
Brown’s commitment seemed like a program-changer. He felt wanted. He felt needed.
“The difference between Wake Forest and the other schools was I felt like they wanted me and needed me. Wake Forest is rebuilding and I want to be part of that process,” Brown told ESPN at the time. “They always made me feel like a priority.”
Reality, though, doesn’t always follow the predetermined narrative arc.
In three seasons with the Demon Deacons, Brown averaged just over 10 points per game on 42 percent shooting. In those three years, the team won a total of 35 games, and Manning was fired two weeks after Brown announced his intention to depart from the program, either through the draft or a transfer.
A few weeks later, Brown announced his transfer to Michigan.