One bright spot in Winthrop’s three-game losing streak recently is the play of 6-foot-6 sophomore Larry Brown. The Robeson, N.C., native is averaging close to 12 points and seven rebounds per contest, a big improvement on the first 11 games of the year when he didn’t score in double-digits once. A defensive pest, Brown is still developing his offensive game to become an inside scoring threat, something the Eagles have missed badly this year. Brown spoke with Bret McCormick briefly before practice on Friday.
Okay Larry, you’re
averaging over a steal per game this year, and I think people attribute steals usually to little guys. So what’s the secret or the key for you to playing active, handsy defense and getting all of those steals?
For the most part, just going out and being active every game. Coach Kelsey always tells me to use my length to my advantage and be very active in gaps and defending.
Averaging 12 points per game in your last three, but you had kind of a defensive player label after last season. What’s been different in the last three and is that something you can continue?
Really just trying to come out and contribute, and give our guards something they haven’t had in the first number of games. Over the summer, coach Kelsey preached invest in our games and get better. Over the summer I did that, not so much of a wealthy standpoint, kind of mediocre, and I feel like here lately, I’ve put in a lot of work and it’s starting to show for me.
I’ve been to Red Springs. When you came to Rock Hill it must have felt like the big city…
No, not so much. I really got out playing AAU, seen some different places and also went to Fork Union Military Academy, so playing there I actually went a lot of places during the season and got to go out on adventures. So, not so much of a small city guy.
You mentioned Fork Union, so surely coach Kelsey yelling at you can’t be as bad as your one year there?
(Shaking head) It doesn’t even equal up to the amount of things I went through at Fork Union. It just was an unbelievable experience; it really changed my life.
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