Bruce Brown Is the Nets’ ‘Swiss Army Knife’


He began competing for the Boston Amateur Basketball Club, a youth travel team, under Leo Papile, a scout for the Los Angeles Clippers who when worked for the Celtics.Browns mother, Roberta, saw his athletic ability and desired him to have access to more educational resources at Wakefield. By his senior year, he was at Vermont Academy and Division I college scouts from all across the nation were calling Simpson, Papile and Alex Popp, his coach at Vermont Academy, to ask about him.Brown would take a three-hour bus ride to Boston from Vermont on Thursday nights, take his high school classes from another location on Friday, and then fly to Indiana, Los Angeles or Philadelphia for games with the B.A.B.C. team.Browns moms and dads had divorced, and his mother had moved to Atlanta for a job with Delta Air Lines, and he was unable to stay with his dad in the Boston location.” With recommendations from Papile, Simpson and others, Brown selected to play college basketball in Florida for the University of Miami and invested two seasons under Coach Jim Larranaga, averaging 11.7 points, 6.2 rebounds and 3.5 helps in 52 video games, 48 as a starter.

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