Feature photo courtesy of Danny D’Ambrossio.
Anthony Brown may be a sophomore in high school, but he already stands out as a leader on the basketball court.
Brown, a sophomore at String Theory High School in Philadelphia, plays point guard for the school’s basketball team. He says that growing up in Philadelphia shaped his love for basketball.
“Everybody, just from growing up, around me always played sports,” Brown said. “Basketball in particular was one of my favorite sports that we played so that was like love at first sight.”
The role of the point guard is an important one in basketball, as that player often sets the tone for their team. For Brown, that means working both sides of the floor to not only get things going offensively, but to dominate defensively as well.
“I like the challenge of guarding the other teams ‘point guards and shutting down their offensive flow,” Brown said.
Brown said he’s an efficient shooter, so he likes to space out the floor, prompting the defense to guard the outside shot. This leaves the paint open for teammates to drive to the basket for easy layups.
But this isn’t the only way Brown executes his role. As PG, Brown said he has become a leader for his team. For Brown, this means being an example and always putting the team first. Not only does he work to improve himself, but he encourages his teammates to do the same.
“I continue to motivate my guys, push them, and have their thoughts recognized,” Brown said. “I want all of us to get better.”
He says he even tries to lead off the court, by hanging out with his teammates in an effort to build strong relationships; to build a brotherhood.
“I always wanna make sure that my teammates build a good chemistry with me and it’s a good vibe,” Brown said.
In the two years he has left in high school, Brown said he wants to maintain his good grades, as he is a student before he is an athlete. With that being said, he wants to lead his team toward a state championship before his high school career is over.
Brown also plans to use the time he has left in high school to improve and polish his game. He wants to get stronger, faster and become a smarter player, Brown said.
He’s only a sophomore, but he’s focused. Not only does he have personal interest in a few schools already, but Louisiana Tech and University of Incarnate Word have shown interest in him.
His education is important to him, so he will very seriously consider academics when picking a school. He maintains that he is a student-athlete, but stresses that he is a student first.
“With the school I end up committing to [there] has to be a good bond and a good relationship; a personal relationship with the coach and staff,” Brown said. “[I] have to make sure it’s a good and right fit for me on and off the court. As a student, I have to make sure it’s a place where I’ll have a good education.”
When it comes to what Brown is looking forward to the most in college basketball, one thing in particular excites him.
“Definitely the atmosphere in college,” Brown said.
Brown will continue to work hard on and off the court as he prepares for his college experience, but for now, He says he would be nothing without his team.
“A team is everything,” Brown said. “Every time I’m on the court, those guys continue to push me and motivate me to keep working. Seeing these guys believe in me means a lot, and I refuse to let them down.”
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