Kezo Brown is only the second 9th grader in his high school’s storied history to play varsity basketball after Jabari Parker, currently of the Milwaukee Bucks did it a five years earlier. Bulls’ star Derrick Rose (Simeon Class of 2007) didn’t play varsity at the school until his sophomore year.
Known for his intensity, defensive prowess, and underated passing abilities, Kezo found himself on the court, playing meaningful minutes in crunch time versus elite competition for his Wolverines team (28-4). His coaches often asked him to guard the opponents’ best player whether it was senior All American Jalen Brunson (Villanova), Marcus LoVett Jr (St John’s) or LuWane Pipkins (UMass).
Under Coach Robert Smith, Simeon Career Academy has become one of the nation’s powerhouses for high school basketball and arguably the premiere Public school program in the nation, winning six Illinois state championships in Smith’s 11 seasons with the Wolverines. And now Coach Smith and Kezo are looking to bring more trophies to Chicago’s South Side.
During the season, the hard-nosed 6-ft lefty point guard (now age 15) picked up his first Division-1 offer from Coach Tim Miles and Nebraska. Expect that list of offers to grow. Kezo plays AAU basketball with Chicago’s Mac Irvin Fire and is a member of the 2015-16 USA Basketball Men’s Junior National Team.
Check out these highlights from Kezo Brown’s freshman year of high school!
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