By Mike Moore (Photo by Ryan Kerwin, JTV Sports)
Michigan Center — Travis Gaddy was asked about Kylen Brown, a simple and forthright question.
The Michigan Center boys basketball coach couldn’t answer quickly enough.
“He’s a great kid,” Gaddy said of his senior guard. “He’s such a fierce competitor. We challenged him before the year started about keeping everyone involved and making sure we had the entire offense getting chances. And he did that all year.”
Brown quarterbacked the Center squad to 23 wins in a row before falling in the regional round of the Class C state playoffs, and this week he was named JTV Sports Boys Basketball Player of the Year.
“He was the distributor for our offense, and at the same time, an outstanding rebounder,” Gaddy said. “He’s a kid that can dictate and dominate a game in so many ways.”
He wasn’t alone on this year’s Center team, but he certainly led the way.
The Cardinals finished the regular season 20-0 overall and 14-0 in the Cascades Conference.
They then won three straight postseason games, capturing a district crown for the first time since 1998.
“It was great,” Brown said of the season. “It was magical. I mean, this was such a fun season. I think we enjoyed every minute of it. It was the highlight of my high school career. How many kids get to experience some of the things we did? And we got to do it all in one year.”
Brown’s stats backed up Gaddy’s praise, and had plenty to do with the 23-1 finish.
His 13.1 points, 4.8 assists and 3.3 steals per game were all team highs.
Brown was second on the squad with 4.7 rebounds per contest.
“He certainly didn’t do it alone, but in his three years on varsity we were 56-11, and he was a main force in turning the corner for this program,” Gaddy said. “Honestly, he’ll go down as one of the best players in this program’s history. He was the guy that made the big-time play. He always showed up.”
“Just keeping my teammates involved,” Brown said when asked about his personal numbers. “When we ran the way we should, we got open looks. It kind of came easy for me. I don’t feel like I had a hard job at all.”
While he’s still undecided as to where, Brown said he will continue his career at the next level.
He’s garnered plenty of interest from schools like Olivet College, Siena Heights University and Adrian College, to name a few.
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