Joffery Brown is an upcoming sophomore guard with Westchester St. Josephs and legendary coach Gene Pingatore. His varsity team should be outstanding in the near future, given all the underclassman talent available. He gained valuable experience playing against players closer to his age last winter.
"My high school season went well. I played up with the sophomores this year. We only lost like five games."
He learned lessons he is using now.
"They told me a lot of things I didn't know before, like stuff on the defensive side, where to be at on defense. And they told me to move on offense to keep the defense off balance."
"No, it's all good. Whoever has the ball takes the point."
Adding those three to a team that already includes junior potential star Paul Turner and others allows Brown and his mates to anticipate success.
"It's really something to look forward to, knowing the kids I'm growing up with. We should be good."
The 6'-1" athlete feels he brings several assets to the table.
"I'm a good defender, and I'm a person who can get to the basket. I have a good mid-range pull-up. I'm a good all-around player."
He has several areas he wants to improve.
"I want to keep working on my ball handling and shooting."
Brown will likely be labeled an undersized two-guard due to having to share point time with quality teammates. That is true on the Meanstreets 15U AAU team also. He must share time with precocious talents Charles Matthews and Luwane Pipkins.
In one recent game, Pipkins shot almost every time down the floor, giving him fewer opportunities to show what he could do. Does he get frustrated?
"Sometimes, but he had it going early in the game. So he kept shooting the ball."
Brown has visited the Illinois campus, but he has yet to meet new head coach John Groce.
"I don't know much about Illinois. I know they have a new coaching staff."
When told about John Groce's attacking, running style, Brown admitted that would be a good fit for him.
"I want to go to a school that fits my mentality of playing."