Player Profile: Dwight Brewington

And then there was one. Dwight Brewington came to Providence College in the fall of 2003 in one of the most anticipated classes to step foot on Smith Hill in years. Gerald Brown dominated everyone while at Hargrave Academy. He led the prep power in scoring, while shooting 69% from the floor and 88% from the free throw line. Gerald was going to be the scoring guard.

Jeff Parmer was the versatile forward, a tad undersized for the 4, but big enough to get by. He could post up, hit the jumper from 18 feet, and also came from a powerhouse high school.

Then there was the headliner, a skinny kid from Lynn, MA who had averaged a triple double during his final season at Lynn English High School. Dwight Brewington was well known in New England circles, but it was during the summer before his senior season, a year in which he would move onto Worcester Academy, that his stock blew up.

By September of his senior year Lute Olsen wanted Brewington to play point guard for Arizona, John Chaney was pushing Temple, and Providence fans were hoping that Dwight would remember the team who was with him from the start.

That fall, Brewington did remember the team that was with him from the start and decided to head to Smith Hill.

From there his legend grew. The legend grew in more ways than one. Three things repeatedly came up in regards to Providence's top recruit: he was a huge talent, he had a handicap, and Tim Welsh would have his hands full when the kid enrolls at PC.

The talent was undeniable. Brewington's skills were fully on display during his time at Worcester Academy, playing in the most competitive league in the country. He could pass, score, and rebound. He played point guard at 6'5. Mo Cassera, the head coach at Worcester at the time, pubically stated that Dwight was the most talented player he had ever coached. That is quite a statement considering just a year earlier Worcester had graduated Jarrett Jack and Craig Smith, yet it was without hesitation that Cassera dubbed Brewington the best of the bunch.

With this talent came a story. Dwight Brewington was deaf. With all of the hype, came a curiousity of how he would fare in the Big East.

Two years later, Providence fans have seen flashes of the talent, heard rumors about Dwight being unhappy his freshman year, and have realized that the handicap that they heard so much about was only a factor off of the court, not on it.

By the beginning of his sophomore season, PC had accomodated Brewington far better than they had in his first year on campus. With improvement in the classroom, came a happier Brewington on the court, and resulted in great things early.

In the season opener against Niagara, Brewington kept a relatively flat Providence team in the game in the first half and ended that game with 19 points and five blocks. That was followed up with a 21 point, 10 rebound effort against Penn. On a national stage, Brewington took his game to another level.

He scored 23 points against Chris Paul and Wake Forest and had the best game of his career against Michigan, stuffing the stat box with 23 points, 7 rebounds, six assists, four steals and three blocks. Providence looked to have one of the more formidable 1-2 punches in the Big East with Brewington and All American Ryan Gomes.

Brewington sprinkled some solid games in throughout the rest of the season (21 points and 8 boards against Syracuse, 17 and 7 assists vs. Virginia, an 18 point effort vs. Rutgers and 19 points against West Virginia) but he suffered an ankle injury and was lost during the stretch run.

Surprisingly, the buzz is now quiet on the Dwight Brewington front. There is no more talk of a poor attitude and his inability to hear has become more of a fact of life, rather than a story.

The story now is whether or not Brewington can emerge into an All Big East player in his junior season. In order for him to do so, Providence is going to have to win more than anyone is expecting them to. A play-making Brewington would go a long way towards that goal.

Dwight Brewington is the only man left from that class of 2003. On a young team, he has the opportunity to take a leadership role on this team. He was not the one who left due to behavioral issues, or a longing for more playing time. He has put the attitude questions to rest and has done the same in regards to his hearing impairment. Now it is time for him to put that undeniable talent on display. The only story anyone is interested in now is his performance on the court.

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