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Northeastern's Brown signs with Mid-Atlantic Christian men's basketball team

Point guard played on varsity for two years at NHS

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Garfield Brown Jr. (center) signed to join the Mid-Atlantic Christian (MACU) men's basketball team during a signing ceremony at Northeastern High School, Monday, August 13, 2018. His father Garfield Brown Sr. (left) and MACU men's basketball coach Allan Harris (right) were in attendance.

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By Malcolm Shields
Sports Editor

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

The game of basketball is a big part of Garfield Brown Jr.’s life.

The former point guard at Northeastern High School will get the chance to continue his basketball career at Mid-Atlantic Christian University.

Brown held a signing ceremony at Northeastern on Monday afternoon to confirm his commitment to MACU.

Even when there were doubts about if Brown would find a school, he credits his father and Northeastern boys basketball coach Ronald Nixon for staying positive with him.

Brown said that he took a tour of the campus and noted that the people at the university in Elizabeth City were nice and was able to speak with current students on campus.

He noted the fact that MACU coach Allan Harris let him know that MACU would be a good program from him to join.

“I really believe in him,” Brown said.

Harris noted during the ceremony that he has seen Brown play since he was in middle school and that Brown has great potential as a point guard.

Brown will join a Mustangs team that has an opening at point guard and only returns a handful of players from the 2017-18 season.

Brown will get the chance to team up with fellow Northeastern guard Clifford “CJ” Shaw.

Shaw signed with the Mustangs in June.

“That’s big,” Brown said.

Both were members of the NHS team that won the Northeastern Coastal Conference regular season and tournament championship this past winter.

Brown, a two-year member of NHS’ varsity basketball program, was a Northeastern Coastal Conference all-conference first team selection during his senior senior.

The point guard averaged nearly eight points per game and 2 ½ assists per contest last winter.

He took over the point guard spot at Northeastern his junior season.

Brown stepped into the role for former Northeastern basketball player and point guard Shawn Walker Jr.

Brown credits Walker Jr. for supporting him when he left the Eagles to attend Wesleyan Christian Academy in High Point.

“A respectful young man,” Nixon said of Brown. “He is willing to work and willing to get better.”

Nixon added that Brown was a great facilitator and fit Northeastern’s system.

The NHS coach noted that he used to tease Brown about his jumper.

Brown put in work to improve his jump shot.

Nixon added that Brown proved during his senior year that he can shoot, facilitate the basketball and take constructive criticism.

For Garfield Brown Sr., it means a lot to have his son to earn the chance to play college basketball.

“It really makes me proud that my son is doing something that I didn’t do coming up,” Brown Sr. said. “It makes me very proud to see him move forward to college. I thank God for that.”

The elder Brown noted that his son initially played youth football with the River City Rampage in Elizabeth City, but over time, his son expressed the desire to play basketball.

From that point on, Brown Sr. supported his son playing basketball.

“Whatever he does with basketball, I support him to the fullest,” Brown Sr. said.

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