USBasket.com is bringing you exclusive interview with NCAA star, Devonte Brown (6'2''-G-92) who is main player of Indiana St. University for past 4 years. He win a lot of individual awards in past few years. In 2015 and 2016 he was selected in All-District 2nd Team, also in MVC 2nd Team and he was chosen in All-Most Improved Team in 2015 for Missouri Valley Conference.
Q: Something for the start, you go to the Killeen High School, yes? How did you play basketball in there, how you decide that basketball is 'your thing' ? A: I went to C.E. Ellison in Killeen, Texas, which is primarily a football school but also has a rich history in basketball. As a freshman, I was asked to play for the Varsity team but decided not to because I knew my game was far from where I wanted it to be. I knew from a young age that I wanted to play this game for as long as I could, and that would require work. I put everything I had into developing and improving every off season and it paid off - starting varsity as a sophomore and averaging close to a triple-double in my junior year. Killeen gave me an opportunity and I'm grateful to everyone there who helped me become the person and player I am today.
Q: In 2011/12 you decided to go on Indiana State and play for their team, is it tough to make decision like that, did other -University were 'in the game' maybe to choose them? A: Choosing which college to attend was not an easy choice, but I know I made the right decision to play for Indiana State University. I chose Indiana State for two main reasons. The first was the home atmosphere that I experienced when I visited. The second, most importantly, God revealed to me certain aspects of college life that would help groom me into a well-rounded individual that other colleges couldn't offer.
Q: In 14/15 and 15/16 season you are recording amazing numbers. What drastic changed then first three years in Indiana St. ? Did you get second role in the team or you just figured out that you can play best basketball that you can offer? A: I believe my all conference junior and senior campaigns were attributable to my work ethic and knowledge acquired from the veterans that came before me. Playing behind arguably the best point guard in the history of Indiana State basketball as an underclassman provided me the opportunity to see what made him so successful and emulate it. Due to my redshirt season, I had three years to gain an understanding on how I can be dominant at this level which was by studying game film, gaining a higher appreciation of what the game can offer on and off the court, and just overall growth and maturity as a man.
Q: Your plans for future? Do you aiming NBA or maybe some European team? A: Coming from a Division 1 (NCAA) mid-major, I know that nothing is going to be handed to me at the next level. My agent and I will evaluate each situation presented and make whatever decision is best for my long-term career. I eventually want to play basketball at the highest possible level, whether that be in the NBA or Euroleague - I plan to give this game everything I have to offer and more. Q: What do you think about basketball in Europe overall, in which team you would like to play if you don't go into NBA? A: I think the European game is slightly different than the NBA. The game in Europe is more fundamental and the guards possess a high basketball IQ. I believe my game will fit well in the European game because I know what it takes to lead a team and play this team style of basketball. As far as teams, I don't have a preference on who I play for. I only desire to be in an environment where winning a championship is mandatory and that I can grow as player.
Q: What's your favorite NBA team? A: Growing up in Texas I quickly became a huge Tracy McGrady fan. I've always liked the Houston Rockets and their style of play.
Q: How are you spending your free day's? A: I always start the day off with shooting free throws and do these things; Normally I hang out with my teammates all day, spend the day talking to my family members, and or watch movies. I try not to be on my feet most the day and enjoy the off the days off - which are rare due to my love for the game. I shot the three ball more consistently in my junior season than I did throughout my senior year. I made the decision this off-season to get hundreds of shots up everyday in order to maintain consistency as a true professional.
Q: Did you love to play some other sport in your free time or only just basketball? A: Growing up I had fondness for all sports but I lean more to playing causal football or just random pick up basketball games.
Q: What do you think about Eurobasket.com, do you use it? Your friends? A: I use Eurobasket.com regularly and greatly appreciate the site for allowing me to keep track of my friends / former teammates playing abroad. The website has become a great resource for me to become familiar with the European game and style of play that I am unable to see in the USA.
Q: For the end, what's your life motto ? A: The motto that I live by is 'You will always reap what you sow in life'. If you sow honesty, truth, hard work, dedication, and faith you will reap a successful life.
Thanks to Devonte Brown on this interview and best of luck in his upcoming career.
Archie Miller to be named new IU coach - 12 hours ago
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IndyStar has confirmed that Dayton coach Archie Miller will be Indiana basketball's next head coach. The news was first reported Saturday by Yahoo!'s Adrian Wojnarowski, who reported Miller and IU are finalizing a seven-year contract. The 38-year-old Miller is considered one of the nation's top young coaches and has a 139-63 record. He was 2017 Atlantic 10 coach of the year and has guided Dayton to four-straight NCAA tournament appearances, including a 2014 Elite Eight appearance. Miller... [read more]
IndyStar has confirmed that Dayton coach Archie Miller will be Indiana basketball's next head coach. The news was first reported Saturday by Yahoo!'s Adrian Wojnarowski, who reported Miller and IU are finalizing a seven-year contract. The 38-year-old Miller is considered one of the nation's top young coaches and has a 139-63 record. He was 2017 Atlantic 10 coach of the year and has guided Dayton to four-straight NCAA tournament appearances, including a 2014 Elite Eight appearance. Miller has built Dayton into a consistent power in the Atlantic 10, winning regular-season conference titles in each of the last two years. He did it this year largely without the help of Josh Cunningham, one of his best players, who missed much of the season through injury. Dayton has picked off its share of high-major opponents lately, either in the NCAA tournament, or in nonconference play. He also boasts excellent bloodlines - his father is a legendary high school coach in Pennsylvania, his brother Sean is the coach at Arizona, and Archie spent time under Thad Matta at Ohio State. Courtesy of: indystar.com
Berry leads North Carolina past Butler 92-80 - 18 hours ago
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Joel Berry II (6'0''-G-95) II scored 26 points and Justin Jackson (6'8''-F-95) added 24 as top-seeded North Carolina moved to the Elite Eight with a 92-80 victory over Butler in the NCAA South Region on Friday night. Luke Maye (6'8''-F) recorded his first career double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds, helping fuel a quick start for Carolina (30-7). The Tar Heels never let their lead get under double digits in the second half. Andrew Chrabascz (6'7''-F) led the fourth-seeded Bulldogs... [read more]
Joel Berry II (6'0''-G-95) II scored 26 points and Justin Jackson (6'8''-F-95) added 24 as top-seeded North Carolina moved to the Elite Eight with a 92-80 victory over Butler in the NCAA South Region on Friday night. Luke Maye (6'8''-F) recorded his first career double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds, helping fuel a quick start for Carolina (30-7). The Tar Heels never let their lead get under double digits in the second half. Andrew Chrabascz (6'7''-F) led the fourth-seeded Bulldogs (25-9) with 21 points and seven rebounds, while Kelan Martin (6'6''-PF) finished with 16 points for Butler, which struggled shooting early and did not recover. Carolina, which reached the Elite Eight for the 27th time, will face the winner of Friday's second game between UCLA and Kentucky. The Tar Heels connected on 54.4 percent of their shots, while Butler was at 43.5 percent. The Tar Heels broke out of the gate early, building a double-digit lead and really weren't threatened after halftime, although Butler did get within 10 at one point. North Carolina used early accurate shooting to build a 16-point lead as the Tar Heels connected on 13 of their first 18 shots, including missing only one of seven from outside the arc. Meanwhile, the Bulldogs were suffering through a scoring drought the stretched beyond 4 minutes. That helped Carolina build the advantage to 30-14 when Maye connected on a 3-pointer near the midway point of the first half. While Butler managed to whittle the deficit to single digits on a couple of occasions before halftime, North Carolina would simply answer with another rally, the last one of the half stretching the Tar Heels lead to 52-32 on its eighth 3-pointer of the half. By halftime, Jackson had 17 points, and Maye had already reached his career-high in points with 14, plus grabbing nine of the Tar Heels' 22 boards. That helped Carolina carry a 52-36 lead into the break. Chrabascz led the Bulldogs with 11 points. The Tar Heels lead would stretch the lead back to 20 near the 12-minute mark of the second half, but Butler didn't exactly allow North Carolina to coast home. A 13-4 Bulldog run made a dent in the advantage as Martin had seven in the stretch with Avery Woodson (6'2''-PG) connecting on a 3-pointer. Martin closed out the run with another 3-pointer to pull Butler within 71-60. But while the Bulldogs would cut the Carolina advantage to 10 points 2 minutes later, they would get no closer the rest of the way. Courtesy of: reviewjournal.com
Kentucky beats UCLA 86-75 in South semifinal - 19 hours ago
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De'Aaron Fox (6'4''-G-97) credits some sticky Kentucky defense for the Wildcats' latest berth in a regional final. Coach John Calipari begs to differ. He points at Fox, the freshman guard who outplayed UCLA phenom Lonzo Ball with one of the best scoring nights in Kentucky's vaunted NCAA Tournament history. Fox scored a career-high 39 points as Kentucky beat UCLA 86-75 Friday night in a showdown between two of college basketball's goliaths for a spot in the South Regional final. "All I did... [read more]
De'Aaron Fox (6'4''-G-97) credits some sticky Kentucky defense for the Wildcats' latest berth in a regional final. Coach John Calipari begs to differ. He points at Fox, the freshman guard who outplayed UCLA phenom Lonzo Ball with one of the best scoring nights in Kentucky's vaunted NCAA Tournament history. Fox scored a career-high 39 points as Kentucky beat UCLA 86-75 Friday night in a showdown between two of college basketball's goliaths for a spot in the South Regional final. "All I did at halftime was say: 'Guys. Are you watching this game?' and they said yeah,'" Calipari said. "I said; 'Ok good. You know we are playing through De'Aaron Fox. The rest of you take a back seat and play off of him.'" Fox not only turned in the best NCAA scoring performance since Tayshaun Prince had 41 against Tulsa in 2002, it was the best by a freshman in tournament history. "I scored like the first 8 points of the game, and after that I was like you know it's going to be a good night for me," Fox said. The only No. 2 seed to advance to the Elite Eight, the Wildcats (32-5) won their 14th straight game. Now the NCAA's winningest program will play another of basketball's titans Sunday in top-seeded North Carolina, a 92-80 winner over Butler earlier Friday, with a trip to yet another Final Four on the line. The third-seeded Bruins (31-5) still have the most national titles. Yet they leave their third Sweet 16 under coach Steve Alford short of the Elite Eight. "We just got beat by a very good team that played very, very well tonight," Alford said. Fans lustily booed Calipari in his first game in Memphis since leaving in April 2009 for the Wildcats . Calipari's latest crop of talented freshmen put Kentucky into a regional final for the sixth time in seven years. Malik Monk (6'4''-G-98) scored 21 points for Kentucky, and Dominique Hawkins (6'0''-PG-94) added 11. This was the fourth time these powerhouses have met in the past three seasons, and UCLA upset then-No. 1 Kentucky in Rupp Arena with a 97-92 win on Dec. 3. Fox didn't play his best in that game, taking 20 shots to get 20 points. That wasn't a problem with Kentucky fans making the FedExForum as comfortable as Lexington. Fox scored the first eight points for Kentucky and was all over the court forcing turnovers or diving to the floor to force a jump ball. He outplayed Ball, who finished with 10 points on 4 of 10 shooting before announcing he had played his final game for UCLA. Ball handed out eight assists but also had four turnovers. Freshman TJ Leaf (6'10''-F-97) and Isaac Hamilton (6'5''-G-94) each had 17 points for UCLA. Kentucky shut down the nation's top scoring team, holding UCLA well below its average of 90.2 points a game and just a point off its season-low. "We really picked it up defensively," Fox said. "That's why we won. Not because of our scoring. That team averages like 90 points a game, and we held them to ... 15 less than their average." Maybe it was nerves or so many freshmen, but Kentucky led 36-33 at halftime after a first half that wasn't close to the fast-paced pace expected. By the second half, the Wildcats at least were running up and down the court. Monk also started scoring. The Southeastern Conference player of the year had only seven points in the first half. He hit four of his first five shots, including a pair of 3s, within the first five minutes of the second. He scored off the fast break, and his second 3 with 15:52 gave Kentucky a 50-44 lead. Thomas Welsh hit a short jumper, then Bryce Alford hit a 3 to pull UCLA within 50-49. That was as close as the Bruins would get as Kentucky pushed its lead to as much as 14 in the final couple minutes. Courtesy of: abcnews.com
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