Sept. 28, 2007
Baltimore, Md. - Greyhounds senior guard Gerald Brown was recently cited by Baltimore's City Paper as its "Best Local Athlete". The weekly publication selected the "Best of Baltimore" in every imaginable category pertaining to the Charm City and Brown was one of three athletes honored along with Ravens safety Ed Reed and Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts.
The City Paper has recognized the "Best of Baltimore" since 1996 and this is only the second time it has chosen an honoree in the category of "Best Local Athlete". Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps, a Baltimore resident who tied a Summer Games record with eight total medals (six gold, two bronze) was the first selection following his performance in the 2004 Athens Summer Games.
Brown returned to Baltimore to complete his college basketball eligibility after spending his first two seasons at Providence College. Prior to leaving the area to attend Hargrave Military Academy, Brown averaged nearly 20 points per game as a member of the 2002 Frederick Douglass HS team that finished 28-0, considered one of the top five scholastic seasons in Maryland history.
The 6-4 guard exploded on the scene in his first season with Loyola, finishing with a 22.2 points-per-game average that led the MAAC and ranked eighth in the NCAA. For his efforts, he was tabbed a First Team All-MAAC performer and a Mid-Major All-American, helping Loyola to a school Division I record 18 wins and a spot in the MAAC semifinals for just the third time in school history.
The first opportunity to see Brown and his teammates this season comes Friday, November 2, when the Greyhounds host Villa Julie College in an exhibition at Reitz Arena at 7 o'clock. The regular season begins a week later on November 9 when Loyola travels across town to visit the Towson Tigers. Tip time is 7 o'clock.