Bonjour mes amis,
As always, I would first like to thank the man upstairs for giving me the strength to live out my dreams.
Overall, life here in France has progressively been getting better day-by-day. I am now extremely comfortable with my teammates, basketball system, language development, living situation, and the whole culture here in Alsace. It has been a total learning experience; nevertheless, I have approached life on and off the court as an opportunity to grow as a professional.
My most important activity off the court is learning French. French lessons have been a benefit for me because I have learned and will continue to learn French at a more proficient rate. I practice my French by watching movies in French, attending French lessons, talking to teammates and coaches in French as much as possible, and also observing. I understand how important it is for me to learn, in order to communicate with fans, coaches, and my teammates here. Therefore, I have made an extreme effort to get outside my comfort zone and speak French whenever I am able to.
After a rough start to our regular season play, we have made great strides in our defensive pressure, passing initial actions speed, and overall game intensity. It took a few weeks for us to figure out how we needed to play to be successful and reach our goal. After a great win this Saturday against an extremely talented SC Bourbourg team at home, we feel very confident in our strategy moving forward.
The aspect of my game I have been working on the most is my leadership. I am a player that works hard, is vocal, and take pride in winning. The biggest attribute I can offer my teammates is inspiration. I have made an effort to inspire my teammates by being extremely positive and energetic when interacting with them. I understand how important it is to have a person on the team willing take charge of the positive energy level of the team. I have taken the initiative to be that person, which will help not only our team reach our full potential, but will also benefit me as I move forward with my professional career.
When I arrived here in France, I knew there would be ups and downs. After pushing through early adversity as a team I think we are ready to take that next step together. We have been challenged by our coaching staff, fans, and by each other to work hard every day to maximize our potential. These last few games for me have been huge for my confidence because I have done a great job on both sides of the ball. This is something I want to continue to do moving forward and will help us continue to win games. With the help of my coaching staff, I have learned the areas on the court where I am the most effective. These are areas I will continue to be aggressive in to make plays for our team.
Being in France has been a great experience for me, and I will continue to maximize my time here as much as possible. I have made incredible strides with my personal development as a professional these last three months. Nevertheless, I understand it is a journey, and I will continue to be open-minded and learn as much as possible. I would like to thank you all for taking time out your busy schedules, to read my blog. My goal when writing is to give thorough feedback on my overall professional mindset. These are also tools each of you can take into your own professional career, and develop. I appreciate the support, and I am looking forward to talking to you in the future.
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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