" Bonjour mes amis,
As always, I would first like to thank the man upstairs for giving me the chance to reflect and share my journey with you all. My life has been extremely eventful since the last time we visited. Preseason is now over and we had our first official match this week. Between practice and my everyday living routine, I have to consistently stay busy and focused as it is easy to get distracted when you are a stranger in a beautiful location like Alsace, France.
During these last few weeks I have been spending a lot of time at our facility either training, watching our second team compete, or assistant coaching for our 15/under team. As a professional athlete I have realized it is important for me to be hands on with our community in a positive manner. I have learned to take pride in building relationships with the youth because it is vital for them to have positive role models.
On the basketball side, things are going okay. We lost a hard fought road game in overtime, against an aggressive Poligny team. Losing is never fun, especially for a person who is as passionate about what he devotes himself to as I am. Going into the game, we knew exactly what they wanted to do as Coach Bady gave us a great scouting report. Our inability to execute the small details was extremely detrimental to our success. Overall, my personal performance was good statistically. Nevertheless, I know there were plenty of small technical errors I made, and in order for me to take my game to the next level I have to learn to become an extreme student of the game. This week it is important personally and collectively to get in the film room with coach and break down our mistakes. The European game schedule is a lot different from the US, as we have a full week to mentally refocus ourselves and prepare for our next opponent. This week I will not only challenge myself, but also my teammates, to get back to playing BCGO basketball.
On a more positive note, I start one of my final two classes online through Santa Clara University’s graduate school this week. This is a blessing for me, because it has not been easy convincing my graduate counselors that my lifestyle here in France is suitable for schooling. Nevertheless, I am an individual who loves to be challenged, therefore I view this as an opportunity to keep me driven, focused, and ambitious about building a positive future. I want to maximize my time here, not only by learning what it means to be a “professional”, but also by what it means to be a “ man”. Taking on these responsibilities will give me a strong foundation to build on.
Overall, la vie est belle! Loving every second of it because I know how hard I have had to work to get here. When I talk about hard work, I am not only talking about physical labor but about the hard work I have had to put into myself mentally, spiritually, and emotionally. I attribute my early success to the development of those elements in life, in which they provided me with peace of mind, through all life’s struggles.
Have a great week everyone. I am looking forward to next time. Remember to always keep God first, and put your faith in Him.
Happy Birthday to my hero, best friend, and father Jerry Brown Sr.!
* Jerry Brown
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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