GW Men's Hoops Alumnus Mike Brown to be Recognized as A-10 Legend

Nicknamed 'The New Washington Monument' during his GW career, Mike Brown will be honored as an Atlantic 10 Legend at the 2015 A-10 Championship.
Jan. 15, 2015

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During his playing career at George Washington, Mike Brown was dubbed "The New Washington Monument," even posing next to the legendary landmark honoring the university's namesake for the Colonials' award-winning 1984-85 media guide cover.

The 6-foot-10 Brown will stand tall once again next to some of the largest figures in Atlantic 10 Conference history when he will be recognized as GW's A-10 Legend during the league's 2015 Championship at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Brown will join the late Red Auerbach and Sonni Holland as former Colonials to be honored as A-10 Legends.

"It's special," says Brown, a 1994 inductee to GW's Athletic Hall of Fame, of his selection as an A-10 Legend. "I didn't think about my accomplishments as a player, but to have them recognized 30 years later is a blessing."

From the moment he entered the district and stepped on campus from his hometown of East Orange, New Jersey, in 1981, Brown was a force to be reckoned with on the court.

He led the team in both scoring and rebounding in each of the next four seasons to become one of just three GW players with 1,000-plus points and rebounds in his career (Joe Holup, Gene Guarilia). Over the course of 111 games, Brown averaged 17.3 points and 10.5 rebounds while amassing 64 double-doubles, earning either First Team or Second Team All-Atlantic 10 honors all four seasons as well as being named the 1982 A-10 Rookie of the Year and an Associated Press Honorable Mention All-American in 1984.

Looking back on his time in Foggy Bottom and that catchy moniker, Brown recalls those four years being "a great time in my life." "Living in the nation's capital, studying and playing ball, it doesn't get much better."

Brown was drafted in the third round of the 1985 NBA Draft by the Chicago Bulls and went on to enjoy a successful 11-year, five-team career in the league as well as stints as a pro abroad. He says his time at GW helped prepare him for his career as a professional athlete, and now as co-founder and vice president of The Embracing Project from his adopted hometown of Las Vegas, Nevada.

"GW is a very diverse university and the exposure to different languages, people and cultures as an 18-year-old from Newark changed my life. It gave me a strong platform that continues to help me build my global business relationships to this day."

Despite being 30 years removed from his playing days and 2,000 miles from Foggy Bottom, Brown continues to follow the Colonials and even had the opportunity to meet Coach Mike Lonergan at an AAU tournament in Las Vegas this past summer.

"I went over, introduced myself and congratulated him on a great season," said Brown. "We talked and laughed as if we were friends for years. The future of GW basketball is in good hands."


 

 

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