Jacob Brown is a junior forward on Oak Ridge’s varsity boys’ basketball team and is one of their top players.
Standing 6-5, Brown can do it all for the Trojans. He can score inside and out, as he’s averaging 14 points per game, second-best on the team. He also pulls down five rebounds a game, also second-best on the team. Perhaps Brown’s greatest asset aside from his statistics is how hard he plays. He always gives 100 percent, as his love for the game shows through his effort.
“Jacob has had a really great season,” Oak Ridge coach Rich Sondhi said. “Jacob’s a throwback player. He’s got a high motor and a love for the game. He doesn’t talk; he just plays hard and lets his play do the talking for him. He’s very skilled, and shoots the ball well all over the floor; in the paint, mid-range, and long distance. He goes to the boards. Bottom line for Jacob is he plays hard and with a lot of energy and is the best player he can be. I don’t think he’s done growing yet, and I think he’s set up to have an incredible senior season next year.”
Folsom Telegraph: What are your hopes/plans for after graduation?
Jacob Brown: Having just started the process of looking at colleges, I would like to play college basketball and study some sort of science.
FT: Do sports run in your family?
JB: Yes, both my parents played basketball into collage and my sister is playing on the varsity team for Oak Ridge.
FT: How long have you been playing basketball and how did you get your start in it?
JB: I’ve been playing basketball since I was 4, playing in a YMCA league in Iowa with my dad as my coach.
FT: Have you ever been involved in other sports?
JB: Yes I’ve played many other sports such as football, baseball, track, and volleyball.
FT: What do you like about basketball?
JB: I like the intensity and competitiveness of the game, friendships I have gained from it, and the places I’ve gone to play basketball.
FT: How do you feel you’ve developed as a player over your high school career?
JB: Playing for this long, I’ve had time to mature as a player and as a person in control of my emotions, and refining my skills as a basketball player to be the best I can.
FT: What do you feel you bring to the team? What’s your role?
JB: Our coach always talks about this question and I am a scorer, leader and stopper on defense, as Coach Mazzuca calls it. I always want to be a good teammate.
FT: How do you feel the team is playing this season?
JB: Our team has been playing well this season, earning us a 17-9 record. We have had a few heartbreaking losses by less than three points, but I feel like that will shape us for the playoffs.
FT: Your sister, Teagan, is a freshman playing on the varsity girls’ team. What are your thoughts on her game?
JB: She plays a lot like me due to having to play against me in the gym and our backyard all the time. She has developed a good jump shot that you don’t see too often because that’s the shot I always beat her in horse with.
FT: What is your favorite class in school?
JB: My favorite class would have to be my AP Biology class, since I’m looking to go into the science field and follow in my Grandpa’s footsteps.
FT: Favorite Food?
JB: Probably Italian, I’m not too picky.
FT: Favorite music?
JB: A mix of a bunch of different genres depending on what I’m feeling.
FT: Do you have any hobbies? What do you like to do in your free time?
JB: I love cliff jumping in the summer, and when I’m not in basketball season, snowboarding in the winter.
FT: What inspires you in sports?
JB: Just being able to go out there and play inspires me, and having the ability to learn new things every day.
FT: Is there a particular job or profession you’d like to have after college?
JB: I want to do something with science and criminology has really peaked my interest, which is what my grandpa did when he was younger.