Men's Basketball Standout Derrick Brown Headed To Two Prestigious Camps
June 17, 2008
Xavier University junior forward Derrick Brown is among a select group of elite college basketball players that have been selected to be a counselor at both Nike's Vince Carter Small Forward Camp and the LeBron James Skills Academy. Both events, which take place within the next month, will provide Brown the opportunity to work with the country’s best high school players and challenge himself against some great competition.
Head coach Sean Miller is excited about Brown’s ability to help this year’s Xavier squad. “Derrick Brown is extremely versatile and also very intelligent as a basketball player,” said Miller. “As he continues to add strength and size to his frame he will be more productive in the low post area. His greatest strength as a player lies in the fact that he can do virtually everything on the court to help his team win at both ends of the floor.”
The Vince Carter Skills Academy takes place June 25-27 in Orlando, Florida. The LeBron James U.S. Skills Academy takes place July 5-8 in Akron, Ohio. The goal of the The Nike Skills Academies is to instill the fundamentals into the next generation of top players. Each academy focuses on strength and conditioning and skill development. In addition to the on-court instruction the players also get to hear from the NBA athletes and the coaches on life lessons and what it takes to make it at the next level.
The 6-8 Brown, XU’s leading rebounder last season at 6.5 rpg., started each of Xavier’s 37 games during its record-breaking 30-7 “Elite Eight” season. Brown, one of two returning starters from that team, is XU’s top returning scorer at 10.9 ppg. As a sophomore, he scored in double figures 23 times, including a career-high 19 points to go with a game-high 11 rebounds in the NCAA Tournament First Round win over Georgia.