The Charlotte Christian boys' basketball team has averaged 26 wins per season over the last 10 years.
While great players like former Charlotte Christian and Davidson College star and current Golden State Warrior Stephen Curry have come and gone, the constant has been coach Shonn Brown, now responsible for 270 wins and only 76 losses in his tenure at the school.
But while most Charlotte Christian supporters would be quick to credit Brown, he points to his predecessor as a big reason for the success of the program.
"I kind of picked up where Bobby Jones left off," said Brown of Jones, a former North Carolina basketball player. "I think Bobby was able to attract people to the school and the program and created a great tradition and culture that I have tried to keep going."
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Brown has done more than keep things going. He has guided the Knights to nine Charlotte Independent School Athletic Association conference titles in 10 tries, won a NCISAA state title in 2001 and has been runner-up three more times.
Brown and the Knights currently are 25-5 and a perfect 8-0 in conference play going into the NCISAA 3A playoffs. The Knights, who have a veteran cast, are led by seven seniors.
"Every team at Christian is special," Brown said, "but this year's team is very close. We have seven seniors who don't just play together, but they hang out all the time, on and off the court."
Like most years, Brown has a talented team, led by 6-foot-8 forward Anthony Gill, a South Carolina signee, who is averaging 19 points and 8 rebounds per game. But Gill has a lot of help from classmates like Worth Smith (Navy signee, 8 ppg, 5 rpg) and Trent Walker (6 ppg, 4 rpg).
While Christian's players are always talented on the floor, Brown also takes pride in creating good young men off the court as well; Brown serves as assistant principal and assistant athletic director for the school.
"We always hope to win on two scoreboards: the one with character and the one about performance," said Charlotte Christian athletic director Tom Jamerson, who has been at Christian four years. "Shonn has done that as well as anybody - any coach that I know."
Brown has produced some top college basketball talent from Stephen Curry to his brother, current Duke guard Seth Curry, to players like Akil Mitchell (Virginia) and Omar Carter (Appalachian State) to Gill.
"The name and faces do change, but we have been blessed to have some great players at Christian," said Brown, whose assistants Luke Boythe and Kevin Williams both played basketball at Christian for Jones. "A lot of the kids who play college basketball come back and work with our players. That is a big part of our success."
The Knights typically dominate every year, except for late February to early March. This season, Brown hopes to change that and win it all.
While Christian will have a tough road in the playoffs, the Knights will be one of the favorites to make it to the title game again, with presumed opponents in that matchup including four-time defending state champion Christ School, led by Duke signee Marshall Plumlee.
"It's never easy to win a state championship," Brown said. "But I think that is the goal every year here.
"We know we aren't going to win it every year, but I think the culture here is that we expect to win."