MacArthur High School (Irving, Texas) has a big game tonight. A win against Trinity gives them a chance to land a spot in the play-offs and extend their season. As Jalen Brown (6-foot-1, 186-pounds) suits up for the game, he'll know that it might be his last go-around with his teammates.
"It's hard to believe, because time has really flown by," Brown said as he reflected on his high school career. "I think back to my sophomore year, just playing the game, and I never thought about how fast the end would come.
"You have to cherish every moment. You have to play for your teammates, because this might be the last time we play together. I just want to get out there and play hard for my teammates and make sure we get this win."
Brown doesn't struggle giving maximum effort week in and week out, but there's only so much he can do. Coming into games, opponents know who he is and they do their best to avoid him.
"For the most part teams try to throw away from me," he said. "I really haven't gotten much action the past couple years. When teams come to my side, I make plays, but they haven't tested me much this year. So, it's been a down year for me with my stats and stuff like that."
MacArthur has had its ups and downs this season, much like Notre Dame has had. Brown won't give up on his high school and he's not giving up on the Irish.
"I still have a lot of faith in them, and I'm going to stay committed to Notre Dame," Brown explained. "I just have a lot of faith in coach Kelly. This is his first year. That's not an excuse, but I know what he can get done with the guys we have coming in next year.
"It would have been good for him to have had a great first year, but in most cases coaches don't have awesome first years. With great coaches, they come back the next year and have a great season. That's what I'm expecting to happen. In fact, I know it will happen.
"I hear stuff about Notre Dame from my friends every day, and they joke around with me," he said. "I hear it mostly from my teammates. I stay faithful to my team and I'm a man of my word, and I'm going to stick to the decision I made."
Brown had committed to Notre Dame at the end of July without seeing the campus. He eventually made it to South Bend for the Michigan game and that trip is a big reason that he's locked in to his commitment.
"It's a real big part of it, as much fun as I had up there," he said. "I bonded with my future teammates. That trip laid it all out for me that Notre Dame is when I want to be. It's like a great big family up there and a family that I can't wait to be a part of. I know the camaraderie is going to be great, and we're going to be a great team."
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