WEDNESDAY, MARCH 30, 2005
Former JU Basketball Standout Dee Brown Wins ESPN Competition
March 30, 2005
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Former Jacksonville University standout and 1991 NBA slam dunk contest champion Dee Brown was awarded a one-year contract as ESPN's newest NBA studio analyst after winning the third season of ESPN's Dream Job competition, the first to feature former pro athletes. Brown, who played 11 seasons as a guard in the NBA, beat out ex-NBA players Matt Bullard, Darryl Dawkins, J.R. Reid, Dennis Scott and Gerald Wilkins during the six-week competition.
Upon learning of his victory on Sunday night, the Jacksonville native and 1986 Bolles School graduate did a cartwheel across the studio floor.
"Basketball comes natural to me, so this was tougher," said Brown. "The experience of `been there and done that' is invaluable when analyzing basketball games. People and fans want to hear insight from a person who has been in similar situations."
Brown was a two-time Honorable Mention All-American at JU, where he ranks first on the single-season steals list (88) and third on the Dolphin career (201) steals list. His 41 points against Old Dominion in the 1990 Sun Belt Conference tournament still stands as a conference record. Brown, who graduated from JU in 1990, had his No. 4 Dolphin jersey retired in 1993.
Following his career at JU, Brown was the first selection of the Boston Celtics and the 19th overall pick in the 1990 NBA draft. He came out of nowhere to win the 1991 NBA slam dunk competition, defeating Shawn Kemp, and then went on to earn NBA All-Rookie Team honors following the 1990-91 season. In 1998-99, he led the NBA in three-point field goals made (135).
Brown led the Celtics in scoring in 1993-94 (15.5 ppg) and in steals from 1992-95. For his career, he averaged 11.2 points, 3.7 assists, 2.6 rebounds and 1.3 steals in 601 regular-season games. Brown, who also played for Toronto and Orlando during his career, averaged 10.3 points in 31 career NBA Playoff games.
Following his playing career, Brown served as head coach of the Orlando Miracle and San Antonio Silver Stars of the WNBA. He also worked as director of player development for the Orlando Magic in 2003 and later returned to the Magic as a special assistant in 2004.
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