November 14, 2007

Brown ready to make an impact

One of the toughest things Pitt freshman Gilbert Brown (6' 6") had to do was redshirt last season. Brown came to Pitt as one of the most heralded recruits in recent history. He was a four-star recruit in the Class of 2006 out of South Kent Prep in Connecticut, where he finished his career as the school's all-time leading scorer, and was ranked the No. 14 shooting guard in the country.

Brown enrolled at Pitt, and played in three games in the early non-conference part of the season. Even with the depth last season, he started the season with a chance at some playing time, but was eventually held out due to several minor injuries, and was redshirted. It allowed Brown to adjust to the system, something that was most crucial to him.

Just when it seemed he was ready to make his mark at the start of this season, he suffered a shoulder injury in an exhibition game against IUP. It wasn't immediately known how serious the injury was, but Brown was able to play five days later in the season-opener against Houston Baptist. If you look at Brown's right shoulder, the one he injured, there's a tattoo he got over the summer. It's a sword going through a basketball. It reads "Heart. Those who have it, ball. Those who lack it, fall." It was a saying one of his prep school teammates came up with. Brown is definitely living by those words more than ever. Within a week, he went from a shoulder injury that looked like another setback, to connecting on consecutive three-pointers on a key 8-0 run, in Pitt's 69-58 win over St. Louis on Sunday.

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