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Brown hopes to make impact at MGTC

Photo by Mike Phillips

Photo by Mike Phillips

DAWSON -- It didn't take long for Middle Georgia Tech College basketball coach Bobby Brown to explain exactly what he liked about Terrell County's Charles Brown.

"Defense,'' said the coach, who was elated to see Charles Brown sign a letter of intent Friday, and accept a scholarship to play for the Titans.

"We saw him play in the state tournament in Macon, and then I saw him play again in the Deep South All-Star Game,'' Bobby Brown said. "He can really play defense, and that's what we're looking for. That's what we liked about him.''

Brown can also shoot, and scorched teams all year from 3-point range, where he seemed to be his best when Terrell County needed him most. He made seven 3s against Montgomery and six 3s against Monroe, and sparked the Greenwave's run to the state title by making clutch 3-pointers throughout the state playoffs.

But when Brown was a junior, assistant coach Louis Cobb was so pleased with the way he played defense -- especially against an opponent's top player -- that he started calling him "Lockdown Charlie Brown.'' He earned the name when he guarded Greenville's Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, one of the top players in Georgia and a UGA signee, in the playoffs as a junior.

The nickname stuck, just like Brown, a 6-foot guard, stuck to his opponents.

"I like playing defense,'' said Brown, who was the most improved player for the Greenwave this season.

"He was a great defender as a junior,'' Terrell County coach John Davis said. "But he was reluctant about shooting the ball. He played hard, played great defense and did everything you could want him to do, but he just didn't shoot that much.

"This year he got his confidence up about shooting and he put it all together, the total package. He's my defensive stopper. The difference this year is he shot the ball and really came into his own. He's the best kept secret in Southwest Georgia.''

Brown is one of those kids who just got better and better. He didn't even play in eighth grade, and didn't start playing with the varsity until the middle of his sophomore year. But emerged and was a big reason Terrell County went to back-to-back Final Fours and helped the Greenwave reach the Class A state title game this season for the first time since 1984.

He averaged 12 points and seven rebounds a game, and also averaged five steals, and ran the court for Davis' fast-paced team.

Brown said when he was in eighth grade he could have never imagined earning a basketball scholarship

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"It came out of nowhere,'' he said. "I just progressed (as a player) and got better. I feel excited, It feels great (to sign a scholarship). I liked the school. Everything seemed to fit.''

Brown always knew just what to say after a game, comparing the state semifinal victory against Whitefield Academy to his favorite dessert, saying the win, "tasted better than my grandmother's pumpkin pie. It tasted better than Terel Hall's mama's peach cobbler.'' He once called Terrell County's offense "the torpedo,'' and that name seemed to fit Brown, who burned teams all year and even hit seven 3s at the halftime buzzer.

He signed at the school Friday amid family and friends, but before he left, Brown was asked what he would remember most from the past season.

"Incredible,'' he said. "Incredible!