THE MILAN BROWN BLOG

July 1, 2014

Last summer we posted video features, as a lead up to the season. We begin the countdown to the 2014-14 season with a feature on Justin Burrell. Last season Justin helped return us to the postseason. The start of the season about less than 120 days away and we are excited for the opportunity to make a run at a Patriot League championship and another trip to postseason.

March 13, 2014

Dear Crusader Nation,

I want to thank all of you for your continued support of the program throughout the course of the season. I would like to take this time to acknowledge how grateful I am for the dedication of our student-athletes, staff, and fan base. The consistent effort displayed all season was outstanding, and it does not go unnoticed. A team cannot thrive without the buy-in and contributions of each member, and the following guys have shown exceptional growth, leadership and respect for the game, which warrants particular recognition:

David Dudzinski '14 (@DaveTheDude50) was named First Team All-Patriot League and First Team District 13 All-NABC. *Dudzinski, or "Dudz" as we call him,* has averaged a team-best 15.3 points, 7.5 rebounds and 0.7 blocked shots per game this year, while hitting 48% of his field goal attempts and 75% of his free throws. He finished the regular season ranked first in the league in rebounding, third in scoring, 10th in blocked shots, 12th in free throw percentage and 14th in field goal percentage. All of his statistics were no coincidence, folks. Dave is easily one of the hardest working players I have ever coached, and his pursuit of excellence is second to none. His presence will be sorely missed next year, but we look forward to following Dave into his exciting next phase.

Malcolm Miller '15 (@MalcMili13) was named Third Team All-Patriot League. *Miller* has averaged 10.6 points, 5.4 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 1.8 blocked shots and 0.9 steals per game this season, while connecting on 40% of his three-point field goal attempts and 76%of his free throws. He currently stands third in the Patriot League in blocked shots, 10th in rebounding, 10th in free throw percentage, 13th in three-point percentage and 24th in scoring. Miller has led the team in rebounding 11 times and scoring eight times this year, while scoring in double-figures 13 times. Malcolm was forecasted to be one of our biggest threats on both sides of the ball, and he has definitely delivered this season. He has worked diligently all winter, and his increased confidence has translated into numerous thrilling performances, especially for the #BleedPurple fans. We'll all remember his made-for-TV above the rim plays. Click here for an example: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uKc40td4D1o

Anthony Thompson '17 (@AntCruisen) was selected All-Rookie Team. *Thompson*has averaged 9.3 points, 2.3 assists, 2.1 rebounds and 0.9 steals per game this year, while making 41% of his three-point field goal attempts and 79% percent of his free throws. He finished the regular season ranked seventh in the conference in free throw percentage, 12th in three-point percentage and 30th in scoring. Thompson scored in double figures 12 times on the year, while leading the team in assists 14 times and steals nine times. Ant's statistics and accolades have been outstanding, but what impresses us most about him are the intangibles he brings on a consistent basis. These include: basketball savvy, leadership, and love for the game. It's hard to believe he's only a freshman, and we're really lucky to have him for three more years and help him develop his huge potential during his HC career.

We have accepted a bid to play in the 2014 CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament. The first round will be at Brown on Monday, March 17, at 7:00 p.m. This will mark the 25th postseason tournament appearance in school history, and the first since the 2006-2007 season. We hope to see you in Providence on Monday night!

To stay up-to-date with Holy Cross Basketball, follow @Holy_Cross_MBB on twitter, and for information about our camps this summer, please visit http://www.goholycross.com/fan_central/camps/mbb

Go Holy Cross!

January 25, 2014

Greetings Crusader Nation,

The non-conference portion of our schedule has concluded, and it’s almost February. We all love this time of year because it means conference play is heating up, and the Patriot League is super competitive from top to bottom. We are currently riding a win streak that includes wins over Army, Lehigh and Lafayette. Our record is 4-3 in the league and 10-9 overall. Right now, our program is in Annapolis set for a 7 PM tip-off against a tough-minded Navy group who always plays well on their home court. Tune in live via the Patriot League Network to cheer on your Crusaders.

We hope to see you wearing purple at one of our upcoming games (Home vs. Loyola 1/29) and (Away at American on 2/1).

On Sunday, February 9, all former men's basketball players and their families are invited back to the Hart Center for a special game on National Television. Brunch will be served in the Bud Ryan Room from 10:30AM to Noon. Each alumnus will have the opportunity to reserve up to 4 complimentary game tickets for the Holy Cross vs. Bucknell game. Tickets can be picked up at Will Call day of game or at the brunch. The game tips-off at noon. Please RVSP by Friday, Jan. 30 to Jennifer Whipple at 508-793-3583 or crusaderathletics@holycross.edu

Go Holy Cross!

November 18, 2013

We played two hard-fought games last week, winning at home over Sacred Heart and falling on the road at North Carolina.

The week began with our home-opener against Sacred Heart. They gave us all we could handle. We had to battle back for a double OT win. Cullen Hamilton had a career-night with 35 points. He made seven three-pointers. Dave Dudzinski added 26 points in the 122-118 win. The 122 set a new Patriot League record for points in a game.

Fresh off that win we traveled to Chapel Hill to face Roy Williams’ North Carolina team. Coach Williams is one of the best coaches in the game and his roster is loaded with talent. We played well and found ourselves tied at the half. But those shots that fell against Sacred Heart didn’t go down on this night. Our guys battled throughout, but we came up on the short end of a 62-54 final.

This week we are back on the road to face Fairfield on Wednesday and this weekend we will face Belmont, which is coming off a big win over the Tar Heels.


November 11, 2013

The 2013-14 season is underway. We are coming off a hard-fought loss to Harvard this past weekend. There is little time to reflect. We have a couple days to prepare for our next opponent. On Wednesday we will play host to Sacred Heart. I hope to see you Wednesday night.

October 11, 2013

The Holy Cross men's basketball team is working hard to prepare for the 2013-2014 season. GoHolyCross.com recently went behind the scenes with the team as assistant strength and conditioning coach Shepard Allen led the Crusaders through a morning work out. The team is scheduled to open the regular season on Sunday, Nov. 10, against Harvard at the TD Garden.

September 26, 2013

The month of September is a pivotal time for college basketball programs across the country. Here on the hill, our players have met the challenge of a vigorous preseason program designed to maximize physical and mental strength. The typical September morning for our guys began with the sound of an alarm at 6:00 AM. Upon arrival at the Hart Center, our team tackled dynamic agility and strength regimens that have proven beneficial to our entire roster, and results are beginning to show. Individual basketball workouts conducted all month, challenged players to confront their technical strengths and weaknesses at their given positions. The leadership of co-captains Dave Dudzinski ’14 and Justin Burrell ’15 fuels team momentum. Their infectious energy and focused intensity will position our club well for the kickoff to a busy campaign.

With practice officially under way as of September 29, the guys have hit the ground running. Their intensity and dedication during the preseason is paying noticeable dividends in today’s workouts. As a program we’re grateful to be able to capitalize on the extra time we’ve been afforded by the NCAA’s new rules; just last year teams couldn’t practice officially until October 12.

You can catch a first glimpse of the Crusaders in action on Friday, October 11 at 6 PM at the Hart Center in the Purple vs. White game. The game is open to the public and we would love to see alums and friends of the program in the stands. If you can’t make it to Worcester on the 11th, our first three games of the 2013-2014 season are:

November 10 vs. Harvard (TD Garden, Boston) –Time TBD
November 13 vs. Sacred Heart – 7 PM
November 15 @ North Carolina – 8 PM (televised live on ESPNU)

In alumni news, it brings me great pleasure to congratulate recent basketball alums, Phil Beans and Dee Goens, on their recent career developments. Phil was recently appointed a position with ABC Family in their marketing division, located in Chicago. Dee has enrolled at Imperial College graduate school, located in London. We are very proud of their current success and we look forward to following their futures.

Our program is very active on social media and we welcome you to follow our basketball happening!

Twitter: @coachmbrown, @Holy_Cross_MBB, @bdunlap10, @krobcross, @_kevindriscoll, and @coachapopp.
Instagram: GoHolyCross
Facebook: Holy Cross Basketball

Lastly, if you are a coach and/or friend of the program and would like to take in a practice, you are more than welcome to do so. Contact our Director of Operations for coordination (Alex Popp, apopp@holycross.edu).

August 4, 2013

It's August, which means the start of the 2013-14 season is quickly approaching. Students will be back in school shortly and we are less than three months away from the start of practice. Today let's take a look at a couple of the key members of this season's team, Justin Burrell and Dave Dudzinski.

 

July 21, 2013

Coach Milan Brown talks about the 2013-14 non-conference schedule, which begins on Nov. 10 against Harvard at the TD Bank Garden. The Crusaders will face eight teams that participated in postseason play in 2013. The home opener is Nov. 13 against Sacred Heart.

July 15, 2013

The 2013-14 season is just a few short months away, in the new-look Patriot League. We welcome Boston University and Loyola MD to the league. Both programs will make an already competitive league even more challenging. It should be a very exciting season. We are looking forward to the challenge.

June 24, 2013

Our 2013 summer camp is underway and we have a great group of young people in attendance. Don't forget we have more sessions so sign up now. Today we take a look at the new members of the Holy Cross basketball staff for the 2013-14 season. We have some great additions to our coaching staff.

June 18, 2013

Summer camp is right around the corner. The first session runs from June 23-26 and is open to ages 8-17. The second session is June 26-29.

We welcome day campers commuter campers and overnight campers. We also have a "Day Only Camp" from July 29-August 2. I look forward to seeing everyone who have already registered.

For more information visit our Summer Camp page.

June 16, 2013

It is officially summertime at Holy Cross and it is truly a special time for our program. The offseason is an ideal time of the year for our student-athletes to step outside of their comfort zone and work on their weaknesses while continuing the growth of their strengths. Our players have been working extremely hard on the court and in the weight room with an emphasis on explosion. Our goal as a program is to generate more open floor opportunities, and our workouts have targeted this exact detail. We can visually see the progress, and it really excites the coaching staff and myself.

In addition to the challenging workouts, we have assigned our men with summer reading to aid their mental approach. The book our program will read is Training Camp by Jon Gordon. The book follows an undrafted rookie who is trying to make it in the NFL. He’s spent his entire life proving to the critics that a small guy with a big heart can succeed against all odds. We are really excited about discussing the book as a program and we feel it will generate inspiration and strategy that will help our team in the daily quest for greatness.

Our program is working harder than ever, and I couldn’t be more proud. Holy Cross Basketball has experienced decades of excellence, and this current team is noticeably hungry to contribute to the tradition.

June 13, 2013

In the final installment, of the incoming freshmen, we take a closer look at Anthony Thompson. I hope you have all enjoyed the features.

June 10, 2013

In the fifth installment, of the incoming freshmen, we take a closer look at Matt Husek.

June 7, 2013

In part 4 of the feature, we take a closer look at another member of the incoming freshmen class. Let me introduce you to Riley Criswell.

June 3, 2013

In part 3 of the feature, I introduce you to Robert Champion another one of the fine freshmen that will be part of the Holy Cross basketball program.

May 31, 2013

After our final loss of the season in the Patriot League tournament, things have been an absolute blur. Our staff has been consumed by graduation, recruiting trips, unofficial visits, individual workouts, and everything in between. We are very proud of our four seniors who were ultra successful on and off the court in their time at Holy Cross. The professional habits they established in their four years with our program will certainly translate to the real world in all of their future endeavors. We wish them nothing but the best of luck!

Summer session starts on Monday, which is always exciting because we will have our players around campus and in the gym. The incoming recruiting class is absolutely loaded with talent, and it covers all five positions. At the point guard position, out of Potomac, Maryland is Anthony Thompson. At the shooting guard position, from Charlotte, North Carolina is Robert Champion. At the forward slot, from Carrollton, Georgia is Riley Criswell. In the other forward spot, from Bowie, Maryland is Malachi Alexander. And, at the center position, from Stewartsville, New Jersey is Matt Husek. Collectively, this group of Freshman will provide us with an aggressive energy and enthusiasm that will generate more momentum for our program, giving us a better chance to accomplish our goal of getting Holy Cross back to the NCAA tournament.

We are also gearing up for our camp circuit here at Holy Cross. The overnight boys basketball camp is from June 23-36, our prospect came is June 29-30, and the day camp is July 29-August 2. It’s a fantastic opportunity for our program to give back to the community and the game of basketball. Therefore, please contact apopp@holycross.edu if you have players who want to get better. In addition to the camps, the July live period is right around the corner, and we are very excited to blaze the recruiting trails in search for future Crusaders.

Thanks for following our program, we really appreciate all of your support.

Go Crusaders!

May 30, 2013

We will be making a few changes to the website this summer. Among the new additions will be video features. We will get you ready for the 2013-14 season with regular video updates so be sure to check back often.

February 12, 2013

We are going through a rough stretch as a team. We started out 2-1 in league play but now we are in the midst of a 5 game losing streak. The good thing is that this has nothing to do with our effort. Our guys play hard every game and they have worked extremely hard in practice and during individual workouts. We have made some changes in our offensive and defensive approach to put our guys in more successful situations and our team has stuck together during this tough time. I said early on that our biggest asset was our togetherness as a team. We will always fight for each other. The one thing that has hurt us during this stretch is our scoring. We are shooting 37% from the field in our last 5 games and average 56 points. It's hard to win when you shoot that low of a percentage. For us to turn this around we will have to make shots, limit our turnovers and get some timely stops on defense to finish out games.

We also made a change in our starting line-up for our game against Lehigh. We started two of our freshmen Chris Morgan and Cullen Hamilton while bringing Phil Beans and Jordan Stevens off the bench. We think this change will help us to guard the perimeter oriented post players in our league. I want to keep Dave from having to guard so much on the perimeter. We also hope it can provide us with some type of scoring punch off the bench and maybe get Cullen going as well.

It may sound crazy but I still think we can make a positive push these last 6 games before our tournament. We just need a win! Hopefully we can get that win against Navy. The staff and the team feels like we are really close to turning this stretch around. These last few weeks have been tough on everyone. Learning how to win is a process and most of the time it's a painful one. I still believe in my guys and know they will give us everything they have in them to get us back on track.

I was taught by my parents that a persons true character will always show during tough times. I can tell all of our fans and alumni that I love the character of this group! Whether its guys being hurt, sick, losing games, missing shots or changing line-ups these guys have stayed the course together. I put this scripture on our board in the locker room to give the guys some comfort from James 1: 2-4 Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

I also got an extra boost from my 4 year old daughter. She knows how down I am after we lose a game. So, she comes up to me and says " daddy, I know that you are sad we lost but I want you to know that we still love you".

You never know where and who you can draw strength from.


January 2, 2013

2013 is here! I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. It was great to have some time off during Christmas so I could hang out with my family for a few days. We had a nice, quiet Christmas at home and Santa was very good to my two little girls.

We got some terrible news about one of our recruits, Riley Criswell from GA. They played in a Christmas tournament in FL and he landed wrong after a hard foul on a break away dunk attempt. He hurt his knee really bad. They think it's the same injury that Marcus Latimore, the running back from South Carolina had earlier this season ( dislocated kneecap and several torn ligaments). To make matters worse, after they flew him home he was not getting blood flow to his foot. So they had to perform surgery to get his circulation back. The surgery was a success, but we were all nervous. Riley will have to wait a few weeks before they can do the knee surgery. We have talked to him and his spirits are up. He understands that he has a long and tough rehabilitation coming up, but says he is up for the challenge. I feel so bad for this kid and he was playing so well. He was averaging about 25 pts. & 11 rebounds and his team was 7-1. I love Riley's heart and have no doubt he will work his tail off to come back better. Let's all pray for Riley to have a speedy recovery.

Our other recruits Matt, Malachi and Anthony are all playing well. Each one of those guys teams won the Christmas tournaments they were in. Matt made the all-tournament team and has been playing well this season, averaging about 16 pts. & 11 reb. Anthony was the MVP of the Junior Orange Bowl Classic in FL. They beat a good West Charlotte (NC) team in the championship. Ant is averaging around 12 pts, 6 assist, & 2 steals. Malachi's team is 8-0 and ranked 5th in the Washington Post All Met team rankings. He is averaging around 9 pts and 6 rebounds. Malachi was nursing an ankle injury earlier in the season so it's good to see him getting closer to 100%. We are proud of each one of these kids and wish them nothing but the best in their senior season!

We are about to close out our non-conference schedule with home games vs Yale 1/4 and Columbia 1/8. Both of these teams are going to be tough and we will need to be at our best to grab victories. We hope you all can come out to support us and help us kick off 2013 with some energy and passion! We would love for you guys to bring some extra juice into the Hart Center.

I want to thank all of you who came out on the road to cheer us on. We only had 1 home game in December. From Harvard to San Francisco we heard the cheers and we really appreciate it!


November 29, 2012

The month of November is almost over and I am fairly pleased with what I have seen from our team to this point. I like our effort and focus on the defensive end. My guys have been really locked in on trying to make teams take contested shots and have followed the scouting report on how we want to defend each team. I still think we need to do a better job rebounding which would make our defense even better. It has also been good to see us step up to make free throws. We are shooting 79% and it has been a big reason for some of our early success. We just need to keep practicing them and hope the right people keep getting fouled! Our biggest asset right now is our togetherness. We preach "Family" in our program and I believe that we are a family. This is a close, tight knit group and that has allowed us to push each other to see how good we can be.

Now, I am not happy that the ball will NOT go in the basket for us! And sometimes that happens. The good thing is that it's not about a lack of execution or guys not working on their game. Really, we are just missing! And we are talking about open 3's, open mid range jumpers, plays in transition and finishing around the basket. We are going to change how we do our individual workouts and see if that helps us. We watch film all the time and the guys know that we are getting some really good looks. We have been telling the guys to trust their stroke and shoot the ball. This would be easier if it was 1 or 2 guys, but it's everybody. Making shots is about skill, rhythm and confidence. We just need to see the ball go in the basket and I think that would do wonders for our confidence.

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving. We had most of the team over for dinner. My wife cooked for a week to get ready to feed all these guys. It was a great spread! We ate, watched basketball, ate, watched football, went to sleep and then ate. Not a bad way to spend the day.

Malcolm is doing fine. He obviously has his days when he really hurts about his mom passing. But, I am so impressed with his show of strength and faith. It was good to see his family at the ODU tournament. Malcolm understands that his mom is in a better place and feels blessed to have been raised by such a special women. Malcolm's strength inspires me to be a better father to my two little girls.

I wanted to thank everyone who came out to the UNH game. We know that there are a bunch of things going on during Thanksgiving weekend, so we really appreciate you coming out to support us! I know our guys feed off of your energy.

The month of December we turn into "road warriors". We have 6 of our 7 games this month on the road. Trying to win on the road is always tough, but I think this group will be up for the challenge. Thanks as always for the support. The next time we talk I will give you an update on how the recruits are playing. Welcome Anthony Thompson, Malachi Alexander, Matt Husek and Riley Criswell to our basketball family!


October 28, 2012

We received some very bad news this morning. Malcolm Miller's mom lost her fight with Leukemia early this morning. Obviously, Malcolm is struggling with the passing of his mother. He is home now with his family.

I let our team know as well and they are pretty shook up. They hate to see their teammate and friend hurting.

Malcolm did get the chance to speak to his mother last night. It was good to know that he had a chance to tell his mom he loved her and he got to hear her say that she loved him.

I hope we all can pray for Malcolm's family to find some comfort during this tough time.

Psalms 46:1 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.


October 22, 2012

We are on practice # 9 today. It's still too early to give a true evaluation of our team, but I have been pleased with the effort. We have been without Chris Morgan (pneumonia) and Eric Obeysekere (foot) since day one. We hope to get both of them back soon, but we will just have to wait and see. I really feel for Eric. He had made huge strides in his game and I know he was excited to get his senior year started. As for now, we just need him to stay mentally involved and really get after it in the weight room.

Throughout these early practices, two things have shown up everyday on the offensive side of the ball. First, we are shooting the ball well from outside. As a team, we have been knocking down 3-point shots. All I am hoping for is that this is because we can really shoot and not because we can't guard anybody haha. Second, we are playing unselfish basketball. Guys are sharing the basketball and making the extra pass. The ball does not get stuck and we have guys passing up good shots for great shots. I believe that speaks to the trust level they have in their own ability, their teammates' ability, and their "buy in" to how we expect them to play.

Defensively, we are doing a pretty good job at contesting shots and getting more deflections. We must improve our weak-side help positioning. We have to make the player with the ball feel like he is trying to score on 5 guys, not 1 or 2. This always takes time to develop. Being good on the defensive side of the ball means everyone must be on the same page. All 5 guys should look like they are attached to the same string. Again, it takes time to develop that feel, but man I wish it would would hurry up!

Two players I am happy to see step up are Dee Goens and Taylor Abt. Dee is making shots (mid-range & 3's) and he is versatile enough that we can slide him to the shooting guard position. Taylor has rebounded the ball, is shooting it well (inside & out), and probably is our best post defender. I am excited about these guys' progress so far. Now, Dave and Justin have had segments where they dominated practice. And they should! I like how big we are at the wing spot with Malcolm and Jordan. Malcolm's length should cause people problems and Jordan is shooting the ball well. Phil looks good shooting the ball and Isaiah has been very physical in the post. We have seen flashes of Cullen's ability to shoot the ball and Eric Green is going to be a really good defender before it's all said and done.

On a sad note, Malcolm's mom is not doing well (Leukemia). If you could, please keep her in your prayers. She is not going to stop fighting and Malcolm's family will continue to believe that she will beat this. Prayer works.

On October 24th, we are having an open practice for all of our fans, students, and alumni. The practice starts at 6:00pm. Bring the family and come take an early look at your team!


October 14, 2012

Basketball season is here! We are excited to kick off this season and really start to shape our team. Our squad is almost at full strength, but we do have a few guys banged up. Eric O. has a strain in his foot and he will most likely be out for the entire weekend of practice. He should be a cleared to practice by Tuesday or Wednesday. This is disappointing because he had such a good pre-season and we wanted to keep that momentum going right into practice. Chris Morgan is out because he has pneumonia. He was not feeling great before he left for fall break so he went to the doctor once he got home. The doctor told him it was pneumonia, pretty bad too. He was in the hospital for a few days because they needed to give the antibiotics to him through an IV. Chris will probably be on the shelf for about 4-6 weeks. For a freshman, you are always excited to get the season started, so this is a tough blow for him. We feel for him and want him to have a speedy recovery.

I will give an update on how practices went over the weekend on Monday or Tuesday. It's hard to get a read on us this early, but I will try to let you guys know how we look.

A big thanks to Roger Breslin, Class of ' 93, for coming over to speak to our team this week. We have started a "Hoops Connection Program," which entails inviting our former players back to campus to network with our current players. I think it is huge for our program to connect the past with the present to have a bright future. Roger spoke to our players about his career, being a student-athlete, the role of being a team captain, time management, and HC pride in general. Our alums have an enormous amount of knowledge and I want my guys to learn from their experiences.


September 27, 2012

The month of September for us means official visits, recruiting and workouts with our team. At this point, I am pleased with how all three phases are going. We have had a few kids up for official visits and they have gone well. I think each kid and his parents were able to get a great feel for what we are about academically, athletically and socially. Our guys do a great job of letting the recruits know what our basketball family is all about. Time will tell but I feel good about where we stand with each kid.

In recruiting, we really have to hit the road to see recruits in the 2013, 2014 and 2015 classes. Obviously, we are heavy on the 2013 kids but we must hunt the underclassmen as well. Now is the time when we can possibly make an early dent with a young player that could prove to be huge for us once April and May get here. Recruits are now making their decisions off of unofficial visits, so making a positive impression early with a player is key. My assistants have done a good job of identifying players that fit who we are on and off the court. That is big for me, finding kids that "fit". Does your talent and character mesh with our culture? That is our mind-set when we are looking at recruits. The talent part is usually the easiest to see, but we usually have to do more digging to find out about a players character.

With the new rules change, we have been able to do a few team workouts (started Sept. 15th) this fall. This gives us an early snapshot of what type of pieces we will have to work with this season. The first thing that I noticed is that we are in good shape! I expected us to look stronger, but our wind is pretty good too. The guys were active and very competitive. I really like our size on the wings with Jordan S. and Malcolm M. Both of them have the ability to post up and knock down a shot from 3pt range. Actually, our overall ability to shoot it from 3 on the perimeter should be a positive for us this season. Justin and Dee have improved their games and their speed should be a plus for us. The freshmen wings, well, looked like freshmen at times, but you can also see that Cullen and Eric G. have enough game to help us for sure. As for our posts, Eric O. and Dave D. were active on the glass, blocked shots and looked comfortable scoring the ball. Both of these guys can run the floor which will be big for us in transition. Phil B. and Taylor A. are strong, physical posts who can stretch the defense with their ability to make 3's. The freshmen posts, well, looked like freshmen at times, but their activity and willingness to fight on the block was impressive. I could give a blow by blow account of what I saw but I would be typing all night! I will say this, we are further along at this point than we have been in the past 2 seasons (this early in the year). I don't know what that will mean in terms of W's & L's but the summer really helped us.

Our captains this season are Phil Beans, Dave Dudzinski and Justin Burrell. I feel extremely comfortable having these 3 guys as the leaders of our team. They have the respect of their teammates and the coaching staff.

We have 18 days until our 1st practice!! I am looking forward to coaching this group.

August 26, 2012

Classes start here on Wednesday! This summer just seemed to go by so fast. I was very pleased with the work our guys put in this summer. It was good to see them have such a high level of commitment to getting better individually and becoming closer as teammates. The work they put in this summer should set us up for a very productive fall. I'm anxious to get my guys back on the court so we can start to build our 2012- 2013 team.

I thought this spring and summer went very well for us on the recruiting front. We are always looking for talented, high-character kids and we think we are involved with those type of kids. We have 5 possible scholarships that we can use (point guard, 2 wings & 2 post). We don't know if we will use all of them but we really like the players we are talking to at this point. My assistants have worked extremely hard to put together a good collection of players in this recruiting class.

Our basketball family did have to deal with some sad news this summer. Phil Beans' grandmother and Chris Morgan's grandfather passed away. It's always tough to get that type of news but these two guy choose to focus on all the love and wisdom they received while they were both here.

On a more upbeat note, Malcolm's mom is still doing well with her fight vs Leukemia. They have found a good balance with the medication she is taking so she is having more and more "good days". I know Malcolm was excited to spend the month of August around his mom and his family. They are a strong group.

I can't wait to see our football team on Thursday night! I know coach Gilmore and his squad are fired up about playing under the lights. It will be a great environment and I'm sure I will see a lot of you there.


May 15, 2012

If you come up to our campus right now you will see a bunch of kids walking around in a daze... It's "finals week"!!! Haha. I can't believe another year is about to end. From what my guys have told me, finals have been tough but they think they are doing fine.

I thought we had a very good post season with our individual workouts and in the weight room. Everybody is stronger and I can see improvement in each guys skill set. They also understand that this summer is going to be huge for us. There is a quote we like to tell our guys that sums up how important getting better in the summer is... " the time will come when the winter will ask what you were doing all summer". From what I have seen so far from this group, I believe they will embrace this quote and run with it.

Malcolm has told me that his mom is out of John Hopkins and back home. She reacted great to the treatment and it looks like all of the cancer cells are gone! Obviously, they are going to continue to monitor her but this is great news. Malcolm wanted me to tell everyone out there "Thank You" to all who sent a prayer up for his mother. His mom just got the greatest gift that any son would want his mom to have on Mother's Day, her health!

I had a chance to attend the Holy Cross Leadership Council of NY dinner. They were honoring Stan Grayson class of '72 & former HC basketball player. It was great to be around so many HC alums and Stan's speech was very good. What was powerful for me in his speech was how many alumni helped him climb his ladder of success. He spoke so fondly of each alum who gave him an opportunity or mentored him. Each time, Stan took advantage of the break and let his talent take care of the rest. Every time opportunity knocked, he was prepared and that's why he is the Vice Chairman & COO of M.R. Beal & Company. It was also pretty cool to see him up there with his #20 jersey, a gift from the athletic dept. and the men's basketball program. The shorts we gave him were much longer than the one's he wore in 1971!! Hahaha

I hope everyone had a blessed and Happy Mother's Day! 


April 18, 2012

April is here so that means recruiting trips and individual workouts with our current players.

The NCAA has allowed us to go back on the road to see certified events in April which is great. We will get a chance to see some of the 2013 & 2014 kids that we have been recruiting all year. This will also give us a chance to see some players who we have heard about but have not seen or a kid who was totally under our radar. The tournaments we are going to are in PA, TX, CA, RI, VA, and MN. We are looking for wings and post. I would like to get a kid who can score the ball from the wing or at least be a knock-down shooter. I also would like to get another wing with great size. A 6'5 - 6'6 kid with good length could help us as well. We want athletes in the post but if a kid has great size we won't turn that down. I would love to find a kid with " back to the basket" moves but that's hard to find. Post players sometimes just blossom later. I like the kids we are looking at now and I'm sure we will find a few more over these two weekends.

Our individual workouts have been going well. Our guys are working hard and you can see their game improving. Their level of energy and focus in every workout has me excited. Our strength & conditioning coach has told me that this is the best post-season workout we have had in two years. We lift every M/W/F at 6:45 am and work on our flexibility on Thursday. Brit ( our strength coach) really likes our guys sense of purpose and togetherness while they are working. They are pushing themselves as well as each other.

Justin Burrell, our freshmen point guard was named to the Mid Major All American Freshmen team by CollegeInsider.com. We are all proud of Justin and this honor has only fueled him to become even better.

On a sad note, our freshman Malcolm Miller found out a few weeks ago that his mom has Leukemia. She has already started to receive treatment and they think she has responded well. Malcolm and his family are doing ok but as I'm sure you can imagine, it's been tough. I would like to ask you to keep Malcolm's mom in your prayers. Prayer works!

Thanks as always for the support.

Coach Milan Brown


March 22, 2012

We started our post season workouts once everyone got back from spring break. It has been great to see the guys work with such intensity and focus. Our strength coach LOVES this groups approach and work ethic in the weight room. My assistants are also pleased with the guys competitive spirit. We can tell that the taste of success from this past season has made our guys hungry for more. They are all proud of the positive steps we took this season but they are nowhere close to being satisfied with those results.

We also got the news last week that our red-shirt senior RJ Evans will not be coming back to play for us next season. RJ is a 5th year guy so he can transfer to another school to play and start graduate school. There is a kid playing right now who transferred from Valpo to Michigan St who went through the same process. I told RJ that we appreciated all he had done for the program and wished him the best. He told me that he really enjoyed his time at Holy Cross. Obviously, the coaching changes were tough but he felt good about his time here. He is going to look at some high major programs with open scholarships and see what they have to offer.

With RJ leaving, that means we have another scholarship for this class. We are looking at some high school/ prep school kids as well as some transfers. I do not feel stressed that we HAVE to run out and sign another player. I like the group we have coming back and the recruiting class coming in. Right now, a transfer would be more ideal than a guy who can play now. If we can get a good player who fits into our program, we will pursue him. I like our group of wings (Jordan, Malcolm, Cullen, Eric) and they are all excited about the opportunity in front of them.

I want to thank all of you for the support this year!! Not just at the games, but for the encouraging email, comments and phone calls. My staff and I really appreciate what all of you did for us. We know that you bleed purple just like we do. I hope that you are as excited as we are about the future of our program! We made some real positive strides this season and we can't wait to make the next step.