This issue’s student athlete of the month is SC4 men’s basketball player Kyle Brown. Kyle demonstrates excellence in the classroom as well as on the court.
Brown earned a 3.3 GPA over the fall semester and a spot on the President’s Honor List for academic achievement. He is motivated academically by the pressure to represent his team and SC4 in a positive and respectful way.
“Its [academic success] for me but it’s for the team as well. If I do good it makes the team look good, which puts a smile on my face,” Brown said. His academic goal is to obtain his teaching degree from Saginaw Valley State.
Brown was part of last year’s team that made it to the school’s first appearance in the National Junior College Athletic Association division II men’s national basketball tournament. Brown said, “I feel that our team is capable of doing it (making tournament) and possibly even going farther in the National Tournament. We have to keep going strong and working hard everyday and push toward the main goal of making it there.”
On the basketball court Brown prides himself on his defensive prowess. “I get a couple charges a game. On the team that’s what I’m known for is taking charges and getting the ball back for us.”
Men’s basketball coach Dale Vos said, “Kyle is our best inside defensive player. He’s always in the right position. He’s infected the rest of the team with his (ability to draw) charges. He’s probably as good of a person we’ve had in the past ten years at being in the right spot and getting run over.”
Finding balance between his studies, athletics and personal life is difficult. Brown said he doesn’t have much free time; being a student athlete is time consuming.
In what free time he has, Kyle enjoys playing outdoor sports, hanging out with friends, catching up with his mom and playing NHL 11 on Xbox.
SC4 will host Alpena Community College on Saturday, Feb. 5 at 3 p.m. The Skippers have key conference games at Oakland Community College Feb. 12 and at home against Mott Community College on Feb. 16.
To view the complete Men’s and Women’s basketball schedule visit SC4.edu/athletics on the web.