Team Penny heads into Peach Jam as an underdog, a stark contrast from a 2014 squad that lost in the Peach Jam Championship.
Darrell Brown Jr. leads an underrated squad into North Augusta, primed to make some noise in Pool A. One of three members to play all 17 games for Team Penny in 2015, Brown proved to be one of the best three-point shooters in the league (39.1%).
D1's Alec Kinsky sat down with Brown, addressing the best aspects of his game, his current recruitment and what it's like to represent the city of Memphis.
Alec Kinsky: How excited are you for Peach Jam? What have you been told it will be like?
Darrell Brown Jr: I’m very excited, looking forward to a big end to this season. I attended last year and I hear from teammates that have experienced it that it’s a lot of fun to play on the biggest stage of them all.
Alec Kinsky: How has the experience been playing for Team Penny?
Darrell Brown Jr: It’s been a great experience. He’s taught me all of the little things that has elevated my game from a local, average guard to an elite guard that’s ready to play with anyone who’s put in front of me.
Alec Kinsky: What do you feel you do best on the court?
Darrell Brown Jr: Shooting. I’m a pure shooter.
Alec Kinsky: What was the biggest adjustment you had to make coming from high school to the EYBL?
Darrell Brown Jr: It wasn’t really a major adjustment, but I had to stop going so deep and learn to pull up in the lane or shoot the floater, instead of going in with the 7-footers. You face that night in and night out in the EYBL.
Alec Kinsky: What areas of your game have you been working on?
Darrell Brown Jr: My leadership, being more vocal and pull-ups off the dribble.
Alec Kinsky: What types of looks are you getting from colleges right now?
Darrell Brown Jr: Offers from Tulsa, TSU, Murray State, Tennessee Tech & Southern Illinois.
Alec Kinsky: Do you have a timetable of when you want to commit?
Darrell Brown Jr: End of August.
Alec Kinsky: Anything going to be a deciding factor when picking a school?
Darrell Brown Jr: Academics, playing time and the coach.
Alec Kinsky: What’s it been like going up in Memphis? Proud to represent your city?
Darrell Brown Jr: It’s a city with a lot of love and lot of hate. All the Memphis players on our team look at each other as the most elite players that the city has to offer. Penny and Todd picked us, because they both felt the same way. It’s an honor to represent the M.