SE: Meet the Newcomers | Barry Brown

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September 22, 2015
By Kelly McHugh-Stewart
  
This year’s Wildcat men’s basketball team is filled with new faces of players from around the nation. Coming to K-State from coast to coast, these 10 newcomers each bring unique playing styles and personalities to this year’s Wildcat squad. Tune in every other Tuesday as K-State Sports Extra, partnered with K-StateHD.TV, shares their stories. 
  
K-State freshman Barry Brown’s past few months have been filled with change. The guard from sunny St. Petersburg, Florida, came to K-State in early June and has since spent his days adjusting to a new style of play, a new level of workouts and life as a college freshman. 
  
“I thought the adjustment would be harder than it was, but I’ve been doing pretty well and I just want to keep it up,” said Brown. “Everything has been going good. This team has been coming together and working hard in the gym, and then we’re translating that to the academic scene. We’re going hard in class, in the weight room and on the court.”
  
Brown comes to K-State from Gibbs High School where he helped the Gladiators to an 84-28 overall record during his four-year prep career, including three 20-win seasons. As a senior, Brown averaged a team-leading 22.9 points per game on 51.2 percent shooting to go with 5.7 rebounds, 3.0 steals and 2.7 assists per game. For his solid play on the court, he was named 2015 First Team Class 5A All-State by the Florida Association of Basketball Coaches (FABC) and Source Hoops. 
  
“I’m a defensive-orientated guard,” Brown explained on his style of play. “I can play the one or the two, but I’ve played the one most of my life. I try to put the ball in the basket and I like to come off the screen. I can shoot the three, and I get my teammates involved.”
  
Since coming to K-State Brown said his game has improved immensely. 
  
“I’ve gotten more consistent, and I’ve gotten stronger,” explained Brown on where he has grown the most during his time at K-State. “I’ve gained a lot of weight, too. I came here at 176 (pounds) and I’m 195 (pounds) now.”
  
He said his weight gain – all muscle – is thanks K-State basketball strength and conditioning coach Jimmy Price’s tough workouts. 
  
“Our strength and conditioning coach has been putting us through it, and then we’ve been conditioning at the indoor football facility, so that hasn’t been too nice,” Brown laughed. “The practices are brutal, but they’re good practices that are making us all better.”
  
There were a lot of aspects Brown – one of the Wildcats’ earliest commitments in this year’s newcomer class – liked about the K-State basketball program. So, he said, his decision to make the move halfway across the country to play for the Wildcats wasn’t really a tough one. 
  
He saw and opportunity and he took it.
  
“Their playing style fits me,” said Brown on why he chose K-State, “and I have a good relationship with all the coaches. They all supported me in my AAU games and my high school games, so that was big.
  
“Also, I know Coach Weber has no problem playing a freshman,” he continued. “I knew that if you come here and put in the work, if he saw you put in the work, he’d have no problem playing you. So that’s why I knew it would be a good opportunity for me to come here because I work hard and I do what’s best for the team on the court.”
  
The Wildcats tip off the 2015-16 season with a pair of exhibition games – Emporia State on Friday, Oct. 30, and Fort Hays State on Friday, Nov. 6 – in Bramlage Coliseum. The Cats will host Maryland-Eastern Shore on Friday, Nov. 13, for the first game of the regular season.
   
Single-game tickets for Kansas State’s game with Colorado State in the Wichita Wildcat Classic as well as the Holiday and 6-Game Mini-Plans went on sale to the public today. For more information about these tickets, please click here
    
Season tickets for the 2015-16 season are now available and can be purchased in a variety of ways, including toll free at (800) 221.CATS (2287), online at www.kstatesports.com/tickets and in-person at the Athletics Ticket Office located in Bramlage Coliseum. 
  

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