Bonjour à vous tous!
I want to start off, by giving thanks to the man upstairs for giving me an opportunity to share my awesome blessing and experience with you all during my first season in professional basketball. I am playing for Basket Club Gries Oberhoffen (BCGO), of the National 2 Federation Francaise De Basketball League (France) and couldn't be more excited.
I arrived in France on August 1st and so far I have nothing but positive things to say about the club, fans, teammates, area, and overall situation. BCGO as an organization has done a great job helping me get settled, in which is greatly appreciated by my family and I. Having support from my club has definitely helped the normal early homesickness, that is expect moving thousands of miles away from home.
I have been in constant contact with my family, through my international cell phone, and social networks. I miss them dearly, nevertheless I know my hard work and dedication to my craft makes me someone they all look up to. This gives me a proud feeling and motivates me to stay focused. Before I left, I promised them all I will embrace France as a culture and so far I think I have done my part in that promise. France is a beautiful country, with a lot of history to experience. Therefore, I have made an exertive effort to explore and try new things out. I have even talked to the general manager of my club about starting French language lessons. This is something I’m very excited for and recommend to any person moving to a foreign culture.
One interesting thing I experienced here was the great passion for fine dry white wines and food (especially Choucroute, jambon fumé et saucisses, and the cake Kuggeloff). This has been a pleasure for me, in which I taste different styles of wine, and specialty meals everyday.
I must admit the weather here in Gries has not been my favorite part of my trip. The foggy, rainy, and cold weather here makes it hard to explore the area like I want. This has been an adjustment for me, especially coming from California, which is known across the world for good weather, beautiful beaches, and awesome summers.
The basketball aspect of my experience has been very good so far. We have played 5 exhibition games (Record 5-0), the competition is tough, and the style of play is great for a fast pace player like myself. We play with a lot of discipline, and structure. Our coach is strict on his system, in which we are required to play with pace and defend very aggressively. Our pre-season workouts was a lot of hard work, in which has helped us play the way we need to, in order to be successful in coaches system. The biggest thing I need to focus on moving forward is getting to my spots quicker. In college we have a 35 second shot clock, with limited full court pressure (if any). Here, the best teams deny every pass, in which makes running your half court sets a bit challenging. I have sat down with coach, and he has shown me film of how we can make our offense flow better.
Overall, I am very happy to be here. It has been along time coming for my family, and I. We are nothing short of blessed to be in this position. It is along season, and I am excited to give everyone updates, advice, and feedback on regular bases from France. Thank you for taking the time to read my blog. Remember to stay positive, and to keep God first!
A graduate of Santa Clara University, Jerry Brown is in his first season playing professional basketball in France with Basket Club Gries Oberhoffen (BCGO). He will be chronicling his season, both off and on the court, for Scorers 1st. For more information on Jerry Brown visit his player profile page here.
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