Q+A: Sherwood Brown
SLAMonline sits down with Florida Gulf Coast’s star and leader of the Dunk City revival.
SLAM: What was it like to have so much attention—new Twitter accounts for your hair, things like that?
SB: You know, I think it’s pretty cool. I would never imagine anything like this ever happening to me. So I just embrace it.
SLAM: Looking back on your career at FGCU, what are the moments that stick with you?
SB: To be honest, when we went to the Bahamas. We went in the beginning of last season and had a blast out there. I think that really helped us become a better team because we really bonded and that definitely helped our chemistry. We had more trust in each other. Just being in a place most of us have never been before and they have a lot of fun stuff to do out there in the Bahamas so we did all of that together, and it just brought us closer. So that would be one of my favorite moments of being in college.
And also, making it to the NCAA Tournament and making it to the Sweet 16, I really had some of the most fun I’ve ever had in my life.
SLAM: What do you think your legacy will be when people look back and think about your time with the Eagles?
SB: I just hope I have the legacy of helping to start something big. When FGCU is doing bigger things, maybe they can think back on Sherwood Brown and our team as the guys who started it.
SLAM: What are your plans for life after FGCU?
SB: I’m definitely trying to continue my basketball career to the next level in the NBA. If not the NBA, then over in Europe. But I’m just trying to work out for teams and hopefully one of them falls in love with me.
SLAM: How would you describe your game to an NBA scout?
SB: Well, I consider myself a good shooter and three-point shooter. I’m really good at rebounding for my size; I led my team in both points and rebounds last year. But I bring a different type of edge to the game, I feel like I get my teammates going and that’s a type of skill and everyone doesn’t really know how to do that.
Some of the things I think I need to work on are coming off the ball screens, and creating off of that. Although, I feel like I’m pretty good at it, but you can always get better.
SLAM: I heard that you’re into yoga.
SB: Oh yeah, I’ve done yoga quite a few times to try and relax.
SLAM: How do you think that helps with your game?
SB: Definitely helped me with flexibility. That was the reason why I started doing it, because I felt like it could help my game. So definitely, it’s helped me become more flexible. And yoga takes a lot of stresses away from you consistently. So I felt like that helps me play a better game as well.
SLAM: You used to play ball with Washington Wizards point guard John Wall, right?
SB: Yeah, I played against him in high school. He was going to Word of God [Christian Academy] at that time, and I was at Olympia [High School]. We played in kind of a showcase tournament in Missouri. Both of our teams had made it to the championship game and, you know, John Wall is a heck of a player. He’s the best basketball player I’ve ever played against up to this point.
We ended up guarding each other throughout the game. Our coach had a gameplan to play zone that game, but we also played a little bit of man defense and we ended up matching up against each other.
They ended up winning that game and he had like 40 points. I ended up finishing with like 25, and they beat us by three on a last-second shot.
SLAM: Playing against a guy like that in high school, and seeing where he’s gone in the League, does that give you a little extra confidence in knowing that it’s possible to make it to the next level?
SB: Yeah, definitely. I knew that I had been playing against all types of calibers of players all my life, and for the most part I pretty much held my own. It gives me a lot of confidence since some of these players are really doing big things in the NBA right now, and some of them are stars on their teams in the NBA.
SLAM: As you mentioned, you’ve been attending pre-draft workouts in Chicago and have worked out for a few teams. How’s that going? And what are some of the things they have you doing?
SB: They just work on things that they feel like you need do in the League. And one of the things that we’ve been working on is coming off the ball screens. I feel like I’ve gotten a lot better at that, and making good decisions in making screens as well. We also do a lot of shooting and ball handling. They’re basically making you become a better player.
SLAM: How do you feel you could contribute to a team in the League?
SB: One thing that I know for a fact is rebounding. When all else fails, I can definitely go out there and pull down some extra rebounds.