NS In-Depth: Snider’s Keondre Brown
As a sophomore, Snider’s Keondre Brown was handed a couple of keys to the castle. Sure, they weren’t to the front door, but he had room to roam around in the Panther program behind a bevy of upperclassmen. With new coach Jeremy Rauch taking over for the 2016-2017 season, the landscape of the program changed and Brown was looked to as a glue guy, harassing defenses and doing the intangible things. The new look paid off when he helped Snider to their first conference title in seven years.
As a senior, Brown’s role is changing again. Now, he is the top returning scorer and looked to for his leadership as a senior of a young Panther team.
WHO: Keondre Brown
THE BUZZ ON KEONDRE BROWN
• THE PLAYER — Keondre on Keondre: “I am outgoing and fun to be around. I believe the best in people.”
• THE COACH — Snider coach Jeremy Rauch on Keondre: “Keondre is one of the most underrated players in the city. Without him we don’t go 9-0 in the conference last year. He’s a competitor, a winner. Unselfish. Becoming a leader. There might not be a player in the area who means more to their team than Keondre means to us. On top of that he is humble, and that is why he is just now getting any recognition for his basketball abilities.”
• THE RETURN PRAISE — Keondre on Coach Rauch: “Rauch is my favorite coach by far. He came in and changed the whole basketball program and made every single player there better by [making us] just believe in yourself and your teammates.”
• THE EXPERT AMPHIBIAN — News-Sentinel.com’s Shooter on Keondre: “Keondre has been a quality guard in this conference for some time, but Snider’s team makeup hasn’t truly allowed him to shine to his fullest potential yet. From Malik Williams to Li’Donta Hicks-Gentry, it has been a lineup where bigger guys have been featured. He can play the point or the off guard well because he doesn’t stand around much. He will create opportunities for the Snider offense whether he has the ball in his hands or not. Keondre is due for a breakout performance and a breakout year and at this point, he’s the go-to guy for a team looking to stay high up in the SAC hierarchy.”
THE RECRUITING TRAIL
Recruited by: No official offers as of now. I will have a few schools coming to games this season.
What are you looking for in a college: Just a good fit in an environment that allows me to be myself.
When you knew you could play college: I have been told that I could play college ball from my AAU Coaches and dad since 4th grade or so. I have had that confidence for a lot of years.
ALL ABOUT KEONDRE
Nickname: KB, Dre
Biggest Fear: Clowns
Pet Peeve: Repeating myself
IN THE GYM
Favorite Opponent: North Side
Favorite Gym to Play in: Snider
High School Playing Goal: I am looking forward to showing that I am a top player in the area. Also, I am very excited to be in the position to lead a young team.
College Playing Goal: To be the best I can and continue to develop my skills.
Occupation, if not basketball: Construction
Biggest Sports thrill I’ve participated in: My first varsity start as a Sophomore at North Side. Scored 8 points in the 4th quarter to lead Snider to the upset victory.
Favorite Pro Team: Golden State Warriors
Favorite Current Pro: Kevin Durant
Sports Hero: Lebron James
First Trophy was for: YMCA Basketball Champs
If you could play 1 on 1 with anyone: James Harden
Best advice my parents have ever given: Just take care of business and keep my priorities straight