Western Michigan's three-point win at Northern Illinois on Sunday featured a 26-point performance from Hononegah grad David Brown. His big game was the exclamation point on a satisfying return to the region.
PA announcers at WMU games reciting "David Brown" has been a familiar refrain for the Broncos. They're benefiting from Brown's offensive skills and the ability to get the most out of his teammates, important talents that arrived early on.
"One thing you notice as a coach is the quality of a person, and David's always been a quality person," David's 8th grade basketball coach Mark Donaldson says. "He raised the level of play of the kids around him. You could tell he was an exceptional talent, but what was fun to see was what he did for the kids around him, and he did good things for them."
Brown's journey from Hononegah to MAC scoring leader wasn't the smoothest. He put in plenty of hours to improve the shooting form that produced five triples against the Huskies this weekend.
"When he came in, he was not a great shooter, and now you see him making threes all over the place," says Hononegah boys basketball coach Mike Miller. "He's just a guy that loved basketball and got better everyday, and this is the result that you see."
Brown's big game in front of his family, friends, and coaches meant that much more to him after recovering from multiple ACL surgeries. He says the driving force to get him back onto the court to have a performance like he did against NIU was in the stands on Sunday - his mother, his biggest fan.
"I mean without her, I probably would've been done with basketball...she was the only thing to get me out there to do what I do and play the game that I love...without my mom, I would've pretty much given up basketball."
Brown has matured on and off the floor, inspiring his family and loyal fan base.
"Moving here from Chicago when David was in sixth grade, and watching him go through that process, then the injuries in the first few years of playing, to see the young man I see now...it's really heartfelt," says David's mother Pamela. "It makes me feel good, and I know that I'm very blessed."
Coach Miller added, "we've got a lot of kids in our program here watching, and to see one of our own have success, it's a great role model for our community."
A masters in sport management and a potential sixth year means the former Indians star has much more to offer.
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