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Nation takes notice of Brown

MCC’s top scorer named second team All-American

April 6, 2011
By TRAVIS HINES - Sports Writer (thines@timesrepublican.com) , Times-Republican

Whether it's garnering national accolades or navigating the recruiting process, it's all becoming old hat for Marshalltown Community College men's basketball player Tyler Brown.

At this point, Brown, who was named an NJCAA Division I second-team All-American on Tuesday, is a seasoned pro.

"It's very humbling," said the redshirt sophomore. "I'm very appreciative of (the committee) who voted for me to be on that team."

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Marshalltown Community College sophomore Tyler Brown was chosen as a second team All-American by the NJCAA as announced Tuesday.

It's the experience of one year at Division I Morehead State (an NCAA tournament darling this year) and two at MCC that has given Brown time to learn - both between the lines and outside of them.

"As much as I've grown on the court, I feel like I've grown a lot more off the court as well," Brown said. "Being my third year in college, I feel like I've matured a lot, and just don't make the dumb mistakes most guys make in their first couple years in college.

"Really on the court and off the court, I've excelled way over my limit. And I can still grow more."

With sophomore leaders Will Clyburn and DeMarcus Phillips gone from last year's team, Brown was MCC's go-to guy, not only in crunch-time, but also on the practice floor.

"I feel like I only had one bad practice out of the whole year. That's a step moving forward for me," said Brown. "In high school I struggled with that."

"But this year," he added, "it was a good thing that I had people looking up to me to go hard every day and expecting the best out of me every day. It just elevated my game 10 times more."

Even with the newfound maturity, it's Brown's ability to overload the scoreboard that has coaches at the next level calling.

He averaged 21.2 points to rank 13th in the country this season after averaging 15 points per game while earning honorable mention All-American status a year ago. He scored 25 or more points on nine separate occasions this season, including outbursts of 46, 38 and 36 points.

"That's a pretty remarkable thing. His freshman year he kind of went through a little struggle in the first 10 or 11 games," said MCC head coach Brynjar Brynjarsson, "but he figured it out and turned it around. He's had just two years of remarkable scoring and success.

"It's been really fun to see him grow as a person and get a sense of urgency about his career and taking his career in more of a business approach."

His approach on the court is a blend of drives to the bucket and jumpshots, one as potent as the other.

"He has that package of being able to do so much when it comes to scoring," said Brynjarsson. "Those guys are hard to find. He really learned toward the end of the year to use his jumpshot, to get to the free-throw line."

"I wish (MCC) was a four-year school," he added, "because I think he can be pretty good in the long-run."

Brown will now enter his third go-round in the recruiting process. And he's poised to do things right this time.

"The first time I feel like I was rushing into it coming out of high school," said Brown, who will take visits to Illinois State and Wichita State later in the month. "This time, I'm just going to take my time with it and see how things play out."

"I've been down this road a couple times," he added, "and I feel like I'm a vet."

 
 

 

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