Why I Chose GW
Men's basketball signee Shandon Brown on why GW is the right place for him
By Shandon Brown
The recruiting process was quite the wake-up call.
I encountered people that I quickly found out only wanted me because of my ability to put a ball in a hoop. Who I am as a person and what I want to achieve outside of the game seemed lost on them.
My family and I weren't looking for the big name or the big conference; we wanted a place where the player-coach relationship was a priority. I wanted to choose a program that I knew I could gain the coaching staff's trust by showing them the type of person I am, through my leadership ability, work ethic and dedication. A place where family matters.
I remember my first phone conversation with Coach Joseph. What stood out was his interest in my development as a basketball player and as a person, his desire for me to succeed as a student, and the importance he places on family. He and the rest of the staff made it clear they were recruiting me so persistently because of the type of person I am and how I fit into their vision for this program. GW felt like home.
Being from Boston, GW's environment and surroundings aren't unfamiliar to me. The big city, noisy streets, culture and history of the place are something I've been used to. The thought of living in D.C. and the opportunities I would encounter while at George Washington were astonishing. Along with the basketball side of things, the connections I will build and create at GW made it hard for me to question the upside of joining Colonial Nation.
Coach MoJo and I clicked right away during our first phone conversation and many conversations following that one. Weekly and daily check-ups showed me that he genuinely wanted me to become a Colonial. The biggest component to our relationship leading up to my commitment was the connection Coach had established with not only myself but also my parents. They loved Coach. They loved everyone on the coaching staff.
Throughout the hectic recruiting process, I quickly learned that family is a big part of GW's program. The roster of quick guards like myself -- and the system they play in -- is perfect for me. My ability to defend and get others around me involved makes a coach's job a lot easier. The point guard is an extension of the coach on the court; and that is just who I am. Boston guards come with a chip on their shoulders and we play with such grit. I'm excited to show GW the energy I bring to the floor.
There's no doubt in my mind that GW is the right choice. From the beautiful city, to the school, to the culture, to the coaching staff, and top tier education; I can't wait to make it home. George Washington, see you guys soon!
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-- Shandon Brown (@1click_) August 19, 2017
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