FORESTVILLE – Ten-year-old Anthony Brown Jr., a local product of Forestville, has been tearing up the basketball scene. “Since last season, he has gotten a lot more aggressive offensively and is now scoring in numerous ways while shooting at a high rate and high percentage,” said his father, Anthony Brown, Sr. At seven years old, […]
FORESTVILLE – Ten-year-old Anthony Brown Jr., a local product of Forestville, has been tearing up the basketball scene.
“Since last season, he has gotten a lot more aggressive offensively and is now scoring in numerous ways while shooting at a high rate and high percentage,” said his father, Anthony Brown, Sr.
At seven years old, Brown broke his leg in a basketball game, but while going through intense therapy he would always tell his father, “When I get back on the floor no one will be able to guard me.”
Now he is out to prove it.
Brown plays for one of the top AAU basketball programs in Maryland, called Team Takeover, which has had success in producing young talent like Oklahoma City Thunder guard Victor Oladipo (DeMatha) and forward Jerami Grant (DeMatha).
Recently, during a weekend tournament, Team Takeover played four games in one day. Brown was the catalyst in all four of those games, as he scored in double digits and led his team to a 4-0 record.
“It’s truly exciting to see him score this way, but I have mixed feelings about all the attention he is receiving,” Brown, Sr. said. “It is hard because kids this age do not understand why they are being disliked just because they are good.
“As a whole, the attention he is receiving with the media is extraordinary, particularly at his age. I have been coaching for many years, and I just want to be his biggest fan as a dad.”
Brown is also a talented scorer. He scored the highest amount of points in his career to date with 36 points in the King James Rising Stars Challenge in Ohio. That earned him an interview with Fox News in Ohio. He was just eight years old at the time.
“It’s hard for me as a mother when I see him receiving a lot of attention for his talents. I am very protective of my kids and I do not want them to have to deal with the politics that come with the game,” said his mother Tiffany. “With that being said, watching his face light up helps me. As long as he is happy, I am happy.”
Today, Brown gets up and goes to school at 7:50 a.m. After school, he is picked up by his aftercare coaches to begin his homework assignments. After his parents are notified that his work is done, he starts his basketball workouts. He holds a 3.33 GPA in the fourth grade and has made honor roll every quarter this year.
In the summer of 2016, he attended the Junior Phenom Top 100 camp where he received camp MVP, was selected for the Junior Phenom All-Star game and won MVP, and was named Maryland Invitational MVP after leading his team to a championship last year.
“The game means everything to me,” Brown said. “I love and respect the game and just want a chance to get a free education.”
Brown is ranked nationally by multiple scouting services like Coast2Coast Preps, Middle School Elite Basketball and Junior Phenom. He is ranked 36th in Coast2Coast, inside the top-50 in Middle School Elite rankings, and was the 2016 Junior Phenom MVP.