Brown is one of two players Jim Calhoun believes will have a hand in deciding UConn's fate.
"I believe that too. It really lies in the seniors. And me and Rashad have played the most minutes out of everybody on this team and I think just that fact and my leadership skills enable us to get through situations on the court," said Denham.
"Without question… (The team) relies on us because we're the most
experienced guys. We've been through the wars,"
Denham and Rashad are both seniors. Both have been through it all. Both are determined to leave their mark. Both have bounced back from tough times. But both are very different.
Brown is now operating with a certain confidence that's been missing for much of his UConn career. You can see it eyes and hear it in his words.
"This is the time of the season that I felt I needed to step up. It's
coming down to the wire and this is where big games start merging. I felt I
needed to step up and I'm going to," said Brown with unprecedented conviction
Right now Brown is on the upswing and it might be coming
at just the right time for the soon-to-be number one ranked Huskies. Brown
looked like the accomplished player he can be after a career-high 23 points vs.
Big East rival Villanova. With the Huskies struggling he provided a spark early
and a lift late, against
"I thought Denham Brown might've been the star of the game," said head
coach Jim Calhoun after the
"I'm not sure we truly have a guy we'd run five plays in a row to. Three plays – three out of four plays. And that guy today would be Denham," said Calhoun in reference to the play of Brown against Nova and USF. "The last two games it's been Denham against very good defense."
One of the criticisms or fallacies about this
On senior day against
"It was really fitting that Denham had such a good game. Eleven rebounds, and he was just a horse out there as far as handling the ball for us, giving us an extra handler, especially where Marcus had such a poor first half," said Calhoun.
"I kept telling him, keep shooting and
that's what happened. He took over the game," said
"I'm a basketball player. I need to contribute to help my team win. I think the bigger thing was to win a championship," said Brown.
Championships are what the Huskies are striving for and they may win a couple more if Denham's strong play continues.
"If I win the championship, I am pleased. If I don't win an NCAA championship I'm not pleased regardless of how well I am doing. (The goal is) to make history out here…2 in 4 years at a school of this caliber…it's the day and age that we are in right now, 2 in 4 years is really unheard of," said a determined Brown.
Maybe it is finally Denham's time.