Posted On: 08/13/19 5:00 AM
Takoma Academy guard Mike Brown might be the best kept secret in the state of Maryland. Not only does he take care of his business on the court, where he averaged over 18 points per game during his breakout junior season, but he also gets it done in the classroom.
“I put a lot of pride and hard work into basketball, but I also put in the same amount of effort into my school work,” Brown said during a recent interview with Prep Hoops. “I have a cumulative GPA of a 3.7 and am a member of the National Honor Society.”
At 6-foot-3, Brown is a wiry-strong guard who can score from all three levels. He’s a big time shot maker who likes to attack the rim. Brown is a versatile defender who loves to get out in transition.
“Something that wouldn’t show on a sheet is the leadership that I put into the game. I’m constantly talking to my teammates encouraging them to keep shooting and stay confident making sure that we are all on the same page,” he explained. “Another thing that wouldn’t show up is the heart and effort I put into the game. Acting as if every possession is my last. For example diving on the floor, taking charges and picking up loose balls for my team.”
As he prepares for his senior season, Brown is focused on being a leader. He understands the importance of setting a good example for the younger players both on and off the court.
“Some of the schools who’ve reached out to me are Princeton, Mount St. Mary’s, Jacksonville State, Lafayette, Loyola (MD), Dartmouth, Kansas State, Georgia State, and Holy Cross,” Brown told Prep Hoops. “I have visited 3 schools. Princeton, Lafayette, and Holy Cross.”
What is he looking for in a school?
“I want to join a university that not only has a good basketball program but good academics as well. I want to join a program who makes me feel welcomed. I want to major in a science, like Chemistry, but I am still looking at other majors like business. After my basketball career, I want to attend medical school and become a physical medicine and rehab doctor.”
What are his goals?
“My long term goal is to play D1 college basketball and play professionally as well. I want to build my game to the absolute best and then exceed that. My short term goal is to be in the weight room and get my body even more ready for the next level.”
What can he bring to a college program?
“I can bring a lot of things to a college program, but one major thing that I will bring is great work ethic. The college coach will be getting someone they can trust and that will listen and carry out their instructions. Also, I am a great student athlete on and off the court who takes pride in setting a good example with my behavior.”
Takoma Academy’s Mike Brown @mikeybrown_5 is a special athlete. A blend of explosiveness and control. He was hands down one of the best Juniors in the area in 2019. @Takoma_Hoops pic.twitter.com/JpOhMjX6qB
— Unsung Prospects (@ProspectsUnsung) March 7, 2019