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Terrence Brown is playing with a number of his future college teammates with the Maroon team in the Courtside Sneakers Spring Men’s Basketball League.
Terrence Brown says he’s a better player after a year away from competitive basketball.
He will get his chance to prove it with the Holland College Hurricanes this fall.
The guard played four seasons at UPEI, but was released after 13 games in the 2012-13 season. Since then he’s played in the spring and winter leagues in Charlottetown.
Brown said it was tough not playing, but he worked on his game daily and is grateful to the college for the opportunity to play his final year of eligibility while chasing a national title.
“The time spent away, maybe it was all for the better because I feel as though I am coming back a better person (on the basketball court) and a better player,” he said Tuesday.
“Having the time off gave me a lot of time to work on stuff that I needed to polish in my game. . . I learned how to be more composed and not to rush things.”
The Nassau, Bahamas, native averaged about 13 points, four rebounds and two assists during his final season at UPEI.
He said he thinks his game will translate well to the Atlantic Collegiate Athletic Association (ACAA) and the Hurricanes’ system.
“I have a nice jump shot, I can get to the rim and I can also distribute the ball to my teammates,” he said.
Brown is building chemistry with the Hurricanes while playing with some of them in the Courtside Sneakers Spring Men’s Basketball League, operated by Holland College and UPEI men’s basketball teams.
Smith will be joining a Holland College squad coming off back-to-back conference championships, looking for a three-peat and to become the first ACAA team to win the national men’s basketball title.
“We have a goal in sight,” Brown said. “With a lot of hard work and practice, we can achieve that.”
Hurricanes coach Josh Whitty is excited to have Brown on board.
“I think Terrence has a really good skill set,” Whitty said. “His ability to shoot the ball is something that’s going to help us a lot.”
It will enable the Hurricanes to stretch the defence, he explained, to open up the inside for its forwards to work in the paint.
Holland College was looking to add a veteran to its backcourt with starting point guard Alvin Parker graduating from the program after three years in Charlottetown.
Whitty sees Brown as a combo guard and someone he can match with Eamon Morrissy to form a versatile backcourt.
“The style we play is very fast paced, very high scoring,” Whitty said. “We want to push the tempo all the time.”
After losing in the national final in 2013, Holland College lost in overtime in the quarter-final this year to Vanier. Langara beat Vanier in overtime in the semifinal en route to the Canadian championship.
Whitty said the Hurricanes will be making a few more announcements in the coming weeks to round out its roster.
Unlike universities, the college needs to constantly restock its roster with strong players in order to compete because of its shorter courses compared to other institutions.
“We need to have a good recruiting class every year because every year we’re turning over six, seven, eight players,” Whitty said.
u Hometown - Nassau, Bahamas
u What’s up? - Will join the Holland College Hurricanes men’s basketball team this fall while studying plumbing.
u Quote – “It’s just good to be back in a competitive league.”
u 2012-13 statistics averages -
GP MP Pts. Reb. Ast.
13 24.2 12.8 3.9 2.1
The Team So Far
An early look at the Holland College Hurricanes men’s basketball team for 2014-15: