Dale Brown Brings Fundamentals to Gulf Coast

Today, the 2015 Dale Brown Sports Academy tipped off in Ocean Springs.
Brown is a Pascagoula native and got his start here on the Coast at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. After two years at MGCCC, he went on to play for the Kentucky Wildcats and spent time in the NBA.
Gautier High School sophomore Aliyah Kline has been attending the Dale Brown Sports Academy for several years. Over that time, she says she’s developed as a player and uses this camp to keep stepping up her game. “I plan on playing college ball and this will help me a lot. Because, you know when you take a break during the summer time, you lose fundamental focus, this helps bring it back.”
One word that continued to come up when asked to describe the academy: fundamentals.
Mario Applewhite said “I learned how to do most of my fundamentals. He teaches you more fundamentals than he teaches you anything. He teaches us not to be so fancy, but to do it right. That’s all he’s really just teaching you.”
For the first 45 minutes of the camp, no one even touched a basketball. Skyler Fraser said, “Well, you have to know the fundamentals and the basics before you can start the game. You can’t just jump right in and not know anything about it.”
Brown says he’s learned from great coaches such as Rick Pitino, Tubby Smith and Billy Donovan. Lessons he hopes to pass on to these players. “It’s just a great group of guys that I learned from at UK. I just gather everything I learned in college and the pros and just put it all together and just teach, man. It’s really fun to do,” said Brown.
Over the past 7 years, Dale Brown has had this camp at locations across the Coast and he’s struggled to find sponsorships, but through all the trouble, he still sees it as a no-brainer to continue coming back to the Coast. “I just love the kids, man,” said Brown. “I just love being back home in Mississippi. You know, this is my community. I just love doing it. This is something I always wanted to do once I got done playing at the professional and college level.”
The academy will come to a close on Thursday when former LSU basketball star Stanley Roberts speaks to the academy.

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