By Matthew DeGeorge
he attention on the court gravitates toward Jameel Brown. How could it not, given all that the Haverford School junior can do?
Surprisingly, in the Fords’ season finale Saturday against arch-rival Episcopal Academy, Brown was a point-scoring bystander when his team went on a decisive run. He did just about everything else, though.
Brown ended up with 10 points in a 57-49 victory. But he didn’t attempt a field goal in the third, as the Fords accumulated a 21-0 edge in the frame to overturn an early deficit.
“We have a well-balanced team,” Brown said. “Coach has us focus on that in practice, sharing the ball. And trusting my teammates. I’ve been with these guys since I was a freshman and they were sophomores, so I definitely trust these guys.”
The Purdue commit had eight rebounds, five assists and four steals. The mere threat of him, particularly against EA’s swarming half-court defense, opens space for others.