Sterling Damarco Brown was born in 1995 in the Chicago suburb of Maywood, Illinois. He played high school ball at his hometown Proviso East High School, leading the team to a state runner-up finish in 2012 and a state semifinal appearance in 2013. By the time Brown graduated, he was a Mr. Basketball finalist and named All-State third team after averaging 13.4 points and 10.9 rebounds while leading his team to a 30-5 record. He spent the next four years at Southern Methodist University, playing in a combined 136 games over four seasons and starting in 106. Brown improved his points per game total from 4.4 in his freshman year to 13.4 as a senior, good enough for 13th in the AAC. The 6.5 rebounds he pulled in per game during his senior season ranked him 16th in the league. You can follow Sterling Brown on Twitter @Thatnegus_sb.