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Southern Methodist University is showcasing Hall of Fame coach Larry Brown in an effort to break out of relative obscurity.
"We're using it every way from fund raising, to creating exclusive or intimate interactions with Larry and our staff, to developing excitement on campus, getting him in front of fraternities, sororities, campus organizations," says Rick Hart, SMU's athletic director. "We're trying to showcase coach Brown and utilize not just his talents and abilities, but his reputation and accomplishments to create for our program."
All of the off-court attention has startled Brown.
"I'm like a trophy here now at SMU," Brown says. "I'm doing a lot of things outside of basketball, but in the NBA, it's all basketball."
Brown, 72, will continue making public appearances, even though he doesn't particularly enjoy talking about himself.
"I realized I don't like being the face of the program,” Brown says. “That's the thing that makes me uncomfortable. I want SMU basketball to be relevant, not me being head coach."
Sterling Brown has verbally committed to play for SMU for the 2013-14 season.
“This was just the best fit for him,” says Sterling Brown’s father, Chris Brown. “He feels he can learn, grow and develop as a player under Larry Brown. He’s comfortable there. It’s a great atmosphere there and a great opportunity for him.”
Sterling is the younger brother of Phoenix Suns guard Shannon Brown.
Larry Brown is the only coach to have won an NBA title and an NCAA title.
“Every kid you recruit all think they’re going to the NBA after one year,” the SMU coach said Tuesday at Conference USA media day. “From that standpoint, I’m relevant. A lot of them have to Google me up, though.”
Brown said it’s important to be realistic with incoming players about their NBA chances.
“Our job is to make sure they have some alternatives,” he said. “So many kids think they’re a failure when they don’t get drafted after their first year, but they’re not. There are some special stories of kids who have been successful in college and gone on to be successful in the pros.”
Southern Methodist coach Larry Brown made a personal visit and offered a scholarship to Sterling Brown, the younger player of NBA player Shannon Brown.
Brown has offers from Illinois, DePaul, Northwestern, Minnesota, Nebraska, USC, Providence, Oregon State and Colorado.
Michigan State coach Tom Izzo visited Brown last Tuesday.
"I still anticipate an offer down the line. So does Sterling," Sterling's high school coach Donnie Boyce said. "They want to see him play more and be more aggressive. I think Sterling is disappointed that it is taking Michigan State so long to make up their mind and make an offer. But I don't think it bothers him. He is appreciative that they are still considering him this late in the recruiting process."