Gilbert Brown (Pittsburgh)
Hometown: Harrisburg, PA
Gilbert Brown (Pittsburgh)
Overview: A fifth-year senior, Gilbert Brown is an athletically gifted and talented small forward who will be counted upon for a leadership role in his final season at Pitt. A smart player who is a student of the game, Brown has contributed athleticism, rebounding, relentless defense, solid shooting and streaky scoring. Brown has the ability to take over a game with his athleticism and offensive aggressiveness. He provides spectacular highlights when he takes it strong to the basket and elevates to the rim. In each of the last two seasons, Brown has served as Pitt's sixth man and provided a key scoring presence off the bench. He first emerged as a redshirt freshman when he stepped in to start 15 games following an injury to a starter. Referred to as the "most athletic perimeter player in America," coming out of prep school, Brown is a tremendous leaper who owns an impressive mid-range game. Brown is primed for a breakout season.
2010-11: Started all 34 games at small forward...Scored over 20 points three times on the year and in six career games...Reached double figure scoring in 20 games on year...Invited to compete in the ESPN Slam Dunk contest. Advanced to the Final Round...Honored with the Team Captain Award at team banquet... Averaged 16.5 points and 6.5 rebounds in Pitt's two NCAA Tournament games (5-10 3FG)...Registered a game-high 24 points (8-11 FG, 4-5 3FG) vs. Butler, 3/19...Surpassed 1,000 career points on a key second half 3-pointer vs. Villanova, 3/5...Recorded a game-high 20 points (8-15 FG, 2-4 3FG) in a career-high 41 minutes at Louisville, 2/27... Hit 3-4 3-pointers, scored 11 points, all in the first half vs. West Virginia, 2/24...Posted a team-high 13 points (6-6 FT) and grabbed six rebounds vs. Notre Dame, 1/24...Scored a game-high 17 points (6-12 FG), hit two 3-pointers and grabbed four offensive rebounds at DePaul, 1/22...Registered 12 points (5-8 FG), seven rebounds and four assists vs. Syracuse, 1/17...Tallied 14 points (2-3 3FG, 6-6 FT) and seven rebounds vs. Marquette, 1/10...Led the team with 19 points, including 17 in the first half alone, and hit a career-high five 3-pointers (7-8 FG, 5-6 3FG) at Providence, 1/4...Named Big East Player of the Week on Dec. 20, 2010 after he scored a career-high 28 points vs. Maryland Eastern Shore...Tallied a career-high 28 points, hit a career-high 11-13 field goals and hit a career-high 4-5 3-pointers vs. Maryland Eastern Shore, 12/18. The 28 points were the most scored by a Pitt player since Sam Young scored 32 vs. Oklahoma State on 3/22/09...Recorded 15 points (5-10 FG) vs. Tennessee, 12/11.
Personal: Born Gilbert Dawson Brown, Jr. on September 5, 1987 in Harrisburg, Pa....Son of Gilbert and Camilla Brown of Harrisburg, Pa....Has an older brother, Warren Brown (23)...Relative Troy Drayton played basketball at Penn State...Played on same South Kent team as NBA Draft picks Andray Blatche and Dorell Wright, along with NCAA Division I recruits Mike Evanovich (Iowa State) and A.J. Hawkins (St. Bonaventure)...Favorite food is Chinese...Best friend on another collegiate team is Rob Thomas (St. John's)...Hobbies and interests include bowling, singing and cooking...Chose Pitt because of its blend of academics and athletics, its city school atmosphere and proximity to his home in Harrisburg...Owns a 38-inch vertical leap...Switched to jersey No. 5 after wearing No. 11 as both a freshman and sophomore...Majors in sociology.