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Schortsanitis
12-06-2007, 09:50 AM
I wonder how many & which PBA players have US NCAA Div. 1 credentials? Can you post the name of the school beside the player also? My guess is Danny Seigle, & Ricardo Brown, though I don't know which schools these 2 came from.

bigfreeze_bibby
12-06-2007, 10:09 AM
I think Danny Seigle came from Wagner College. I am not sure though if it belonged to NCAA Division I.

Kid Cubao
12-06-2007, 10:26 AM
denver lopez--cal state-fullerton
ricardo brown--pepperdine university, co-alumnus of NBA great dennis johnson (RIP)
andy seigle--university of new orleans
sonny alvarado--university of texas (since been exposed as a fil-sham)
joe devance--university of texas-el paso, co-alumnus of NBA great tim hardaway
dorian pena and rafi reavis--coppin state, co-alumnus of NFL quarterback steve mcnair
noy castillo--the citadel (a military academy)
will antonio--chaminade (in hawaii), chaminade was responsible for the greatest upset in college basketball history when it beat the ralph sampson- and jeff lamp-led virginia team in 1982 (?)

edited to add: now i'm not even sure if chaminade is division 1, which makes their upset of then no. 1-ranked virginia all the more remarkable.

JonarSabilano
12-06-2007, 12:28 PM
I think Danny Seigle came from Wagner College. I am not sure though if it belonged to NCAA Division I.


Wagner belongs to the D-I Northeastern Conference. Danny Seigle was once Player of the Year there.

Chaminade, btw, is D-II.

bchoter
12-06-2007, 07:00 PM
William Pearson, I think, also played for Chaminade.
Chip Engeland played for Duke. Counted ba siya?

irateluvmachine
12-07-2007, 09:53 AM
kung isasama natin yung mga fil-shams, si al segova taga-university of texas din (alma mater of kevin durant, lamarcus aldridge, orig fil-sham sonny alvarado, etc.)...

Schortsanitis
12-08-2007, 11:19 AM
Anybody got a listing of all the US NCAA Div. 1 schools? So far, the only thing I got was that there are supposed to be around 334 schools in that div.

Kid Cubao
12-11-2007, 08:07 PM
i don't know if this helps, but a practical definition of a US division 1 school is one that has TV coverage. midmajors have local TV coverage, while powerhouses like duke, north carolina, kentucky, and uconn have national TV coverage.

yungha
12-11-2007, 10:32 PM
chris jackson was a 4-year rotation player for one of the division 1 U of California programs. he was a starter in his junior and senior years if i'm not mistaken. he was a legit offensive threat in college which was why there were high expectations of him in the pba. disappointingly, though, he never averaged close to double figures in his pro stint but was a stellar defensive player.

JonarSabilano
12-12-2007, 09:29 AM
Anybody got a listing of all the US NCAA Div. 1 schools?* So far, the only thing I got was that there are supposed to be around 334 schools in that div.


Here's a list, courtesy of ESPN.com:

http://sports-ak.espn.go.com/ncb/teams

Tony dela Cruz played for UC-Irvine.
Mick Pennisi played for Eastern Michigan.

yungha
12-13-2007, 11:31 AM
...Mick Pennisi played for Eastern Michigan.


oo nga pala. did he get play with earl boykins and was he part of the team that upset duke in the 2nd round of the 1996 ncaa tournament?

did jay washington and kelly williams play for division 1 schools?

codiak
12-13-2007, 02:45 PM
Kelly Williams played for OAKLAND UNIVERSITY GOLDEN GRIZZLIES
Source
ohttp://www.ougrizzlies.com/menssports/Basketball/Bios/FormerAthletes/Williams,K.htm

JonarSabilano
12-13-2007, 02:49 PM
...Mick Pennisi played for Eastern Michigan.


oo nga pala. did he get play with earl boykins and was he part of the team that upset duke in the 2nd round of the 1996 ncaa tournament?

did jay washington and kelly williams play for division 1 schools?


Kelly played for Oakland University, a D-I school belonging to the Summit (formerly Mid-Con) Conference.
Jay Washington played for Eckerd College, a D-II school in Florida.

yungha
12-13-2007, 06:51 PM
^ thanks.

did some research and found out that yes, mick pennisi played alongside earl boykins and yes, he played on the eastern michigan squad that upset chris collins, wojo, jeff capel and the rest of the duke blue devils in 96.

vince hizon played for boise state in the early 90s.

Sam Miguel
12-15-2007, 03:04 PM
Is Noy Castillo from THE CITADEL? Then that means he served in the US Military?

I always thought he came from CENTENARY, the school of Robert Parish.

JonarSabilano
12-15-2007, 09:48 PM
Is Noy Castillo from THE CITADEL? Then that means he served in the US Military?

I always thought he came from CENTENARY, the school of Robert Parish.


Yes, Noy Castillo is from The Citadel. BTW, another Fil-Am is also playing guard for that same school now. Can't remember his name but he's the brother of women's NT player Vicki Brick.

I'm not too sure if The Citadel requires its graduates to serve in the military. As far as I know, only the service academies (West Point, Annapolis, Air Force) have this requirement. This is because the latter three are federal service academies, whereas The Citadel is supported and funded by the state of South Carolina.

Schortsanitis
12-26-2007, 02:53 PM
Here's a list, courtesy of ESPN.com:

http://sports-ak.espn.go.com/ncb/teams


Thanks for the link.

Based on this, there are 32 conferences, w/ 341 schools all in all in the US NCAA Div. 1.

Schortsanitis
12-26-2007, 02:56 PM
Below are the list of conferences & schools in the US NCAA Div. 1, from the ESPN website:

I.* AMERICA EAST
1)* Albany* *
2)* Binghamton* *
3)* Boston University* *
4)* Hartford* *
5)* Maine* *
6)* Maryland-Baltimore County* *
7)* New Hampshire* *
8)* Stony Brook* *
9)* Vermont* *


II.* ATLANTIC
1)* Charlotte* *
2)* Dayton* *
3)* Duquesne* *
4)* Fordham* *
5)* George Washington* *
6)* La Salle* *
7)* Massachusetts* *
8)* Rhode Island* *
9)* Richmond* *
10)* Saint Joseph's* *
11)* Saint Louis* *
12)* St. Bonaventure* *
13)* Temple* *
14)* Xavier* *


III.* ACC
1)* Boston College* *
2)* Clemson* *
3)* Duke* *
4)* Florida State* *
5)* Georgia Tech* *
6)* Maryland* *
7)* Miami (FL)* *
8)* North Carolina* *
9)* North Carolina State* *
10)* Virginia* *
11)* Virginia Tech* *
12)* Wake Forest* *


IV.* ATLANTIC SUN
1)* Belmont* *
2)* Campbell* *
3)* East Tennessee State* *
4)* Florida Gulf Coast* *
5)* Gardner-Webb* *
6)* Jacksonville* *
7)* Kennesaw State* *
8)* Lipscomb* *
9)* Mercer* *
10)* North Florida* *
11)* Stetson* *
12)* USC Upstate* *


V.* BIG 12
1)* Baylor* *
2)* Colorado* *
3)* Iowa State* *
4)* Kansas* *
5)* Kansas State* *
6)* Missouri* *
7)* Nebraska* *
8)* Oklahoma* *
9)* Oklahoma State* *
10)* Texas* *
11)* Texas A&M* *
12)* Texas Tech* *


VI.* BIG EAST
1)* Cincinnati* *
2)* Connecticut* *
3)* DePaul* *
4)* Georgetown* *
5)* Louisville* *
6)* Marquette* *
7)* Notre Dame* *
8)* Pittsburgh* *
9)* Providence* *
10)* Rutgers* *
11)* Seton Hall* *
12)* South Florida* *
13)* St. John's* *
14)* Syracuse* *
15)* Villanova* *
16)* West Virginia* *


VII.* BIG SKY
1)* Eastern Washington* *
2)* Idaho State* *
3)* Montana* *
4)* Montana State* *
5)* Northern Arizona* *
6)* Northern Colorado* *
7)* Portland State* *
8)* Sacramento State* *
9)* Weber State* *


VIII.* BIG SOUTH
1)* Charleston Southern* *
2)* Coastal Carolina* *
3)* High Point* *
4)* Liberty* *
5)* North Carolina-Asheville* *
6)* Radford* *
7)* Virginia Military* *
8)* Winthrop* *


IX.* BIG TEN
1)* Illinois* *
2)* Indiana* *
3)* Iowa* *
4)* Michigan* *
5)* Michigan State* *
6)* Minnesota* *
7)* Northwestern* *
8)* Ohio State* *
9)* Penn State* *
10)* Purdue* *
11)* Wisconsin* *


X.* BIG WEST
1)* Cal Poly* *
2)* Cal State Fullerton* *
3)* Cal State Northridge* *
4)* Long Beach State* *
5)* Pacific* *
6)* UC Davis* *
7)* UC Irvine* *
8)* UC Riverside* *
9)* UC Santa Barbara* *


XI.* COLONIAL
1)* Delaware* *
2)* Drexel* *
3)* George Mason* *
4)* Georgia State* *
5)* Hofstra* *
6)* James Madison* *
7)* North Carolina-Wilmington* *
8)* Northeastern* *
9)* Old Dominion* *
10)* Towson* *
11)* Virginia Commonwealth* *
12)* William & Mary* *


XII.* CONFERENCE USA
1)* East Carolina* *
2)* Houston* *
3)* Marshall* *
4)* Memphis* *
5)* Rice* *
6)* Southern Methodist* *
7)* Southern Miss* *
8)* Tulane* *
9)* Tulsa* *
10)* UAB* *
11)* UCF* *
12)* UTEP* *


XIII.* INDEPENDENTS
1)* Cal State Bakersfield* *
2)* Chicago State* *
3)* Longwood* *
4)* N.J.I.T.* *
5)* North Carolina Central* *
6)* Presbyterian* *
7)* Savannah State* *
8)* Texas-Pan American* *
9)* Utah Valley State* *
10)* Winston-Salem* *


XIV.* HORIZON
1)* Butler* *
2)* Cleveland State* *
3)* Detroit* *
4)* Illinois-Chicago* *
5)* Loyola (IL)* *
6)* Valparaiso* *
7)* Wisconsin-Green Bay* *
8)* Wisconsin-Milwaukee* *
9)* Wright State* *
10)* Youngstown State* *


XV.* IVY
1)* Brown* *
2)* Columbia* *
3)* Cornell* *
4)* Dartmouth* *
5)* Harvard* *
6)* Pennsylvania* *
7)* Princeton* *
8)* Yale* *


XVI.* MAAC
1)* Canisius* *
2)* Fairfield* *
3)* Iona* *
4)* Loyola (MD)* *
5)* Manhattan* *
6)* Marist* *
7)* Niagara* *
8)* Rider* *
9)* Siena* *
10)* St. Peter's* *


XVII.* MID-AMERICAN
1)* Akron* *
2)* Ball State* *
3)* Bowling Green* *
4)* Buffalo* *
5)* Central Michigan* *
6)* Eastern Michigan* *
7)* Kent State* *
8)* Miami (OH)* *
9)* Northern Illinois* *
10)* Ohio* *
11)* Toledo* *
12)* Western Michigan* *


XVIII.* MEAC
1)* Bethune-Cookman* *
2)* Coppin State* *
3)* Delaware State* *
4)* Florida A&M* *
5)* Hampton* *
6)* Howard* *
7)* Maryland-Eastern Shore* *
8)* Morgan State* *
9)* Norfolk State* *
10)* North Carolina A&T* *
11)* South Carolina State* *


XIX.* MISSOURI VALLEY
1)* Bradley* *
2)* Creighton* *
3)* Drake* *
4)* Evansville* *
5)* Illinois State* *
6)* Indiana State* *
7)* Missouri State* *
8)* Northern Iowa* *
9)* Southern Illinois* *
10)* Wichita State* *


XX.* MOUNTAIN WEST
1)* Air Force* *
2)* Brigham Young* *
3)* Colorado State* *
4)* New Mexico* *
5)* San Diego State* *
6)* TCU* *
7)* UNLV* *
8)* Utah* *
9)* Wyoming* *


XXI.* NORTHEAST
1)* Central Connecticut State* *
2)* Fairleigh Dickinson* *
3)* Long Island* *
4)* Monmouth* *
5)* Mount St. Mary's* *
6)* Quinnipiac* *
7)* Robert Morris* *
8)* Sacred Heart* *
9)* St. Francis (NY)* *
10)* St. Francis (PA)* *
11)* Wagner* *


XXII.* OHIO VALLEY
1)* Austin Peay* *
2)* Eastern Illinois* *
3)* Eastern Kentucky* *
4)* Jacksonville State* *
5)* Morehead State* *
6)* Murray State* *
7)* Samford* *
8)* Southeast Missouri State* *
9)* Tennessee State* *
10)* Tennessee Tech* *
11)* Tennessee-Martin* *


XXIII.* PACIFIC-10
1)* Arizona* *
2)* Arizona State* *
3)* California* *
4)* Oregon* *
5)* Oregon State* *
6)* Stanford* *
7)* UCLA* *
8)* USC* *
9)* Washington* *
10)* Washington State* *


XXIV.* PATRIOT LEAGUE
1)* American University* *
2)* Army* *
3)* Bucknell* *
4)* Colgate* *
5)* Holy Cross* *
6)* Lafayette* *
7)* Lehigh* *
8)* Navy* *


XXV.* SEC
1)* Alabama* *
2)* Arkansas* *
3)* Auburn* *
4)* Florida* *
5)* Georgia* *
6)* Kentucky* *
7)* LSU* *
8)* Mississippi* *
9)* Mississippi State* *
10)* South Carolina* *
11)* Tennessee* *
12)* Vanderbilt* *


XXVI.* SOUTHERN
1)* Appalachian State* *
2)* Charleston* *
3)* Chattanooga* *
4)* Citadel* *
5)* Davidson* *
6)* Elon* *
7)* Furman* *
8)* Georgia Southern* *
9)* North Carolina Greensboro* *
10)* Western Carolina* *
11)* Wofford* *


XXVII.* SOUTHLAND
1)* Central Arkansas* *
2)* Lamar* *
3)* McNeese State* *
4)* Nicholls State* *
5)* Northwestern State* *
6)* Sam Houston State* *
7)* Southeastern Louisiana* *
8)* Stephen F. Austin* *
9)* Texas A&M-Corpus Christi* *
10)* Texas State* *
11)* Texas-Arlington* *
12)* Texas-San Antonio* *


XXVIII.* SWAC
1)* Alabama A&M* *
2)* Alabama State* *
3)* Alcorn State* *
4)* Arkansas-Pine Bluff* *
5)* Grambling State* *
6)* Jackson State* *
7)* Mississippi Valley State* *
8)* Prairie View A&M* *
9)* Southern University* *
10)* Texas Southern* *


XXIX.* SUMMIT LEAGUE
1)* Centenary* *
2)* IPFW* *
3)* IUPUI* *
4)* North Dakota State* *
5)* Oakland* *
6)* Oral Roberts* *
7)* South Dakota State* *
8)* Southern Utah* *
9)* UMKC* *
10)* Western Illinois* *


XXX.* SUN BELT
1)* Arkansas State* *
2)* Arkansas-Little Rock* *
3)* Denver* *
4)* Florida Atlantic* *
5)* Florida International* *
6)* Louisiana-Lafayette* *
7)* Louisiana-Monroe* *
8)* Middle Tennessee State* *
9)* New Orleans* *
10)* North Texas* *
11)* South Alabama* *
12)* Troy* *
13)* Western Kentucky* *


XXXI.* WEST COAST
1)* Gonzaga* *
2)* Loyola Marymount* *
3)* Pepperdine* *
4)* Portland* *
5)* Saint Mary's* *
6)* San Diego* *
7)* San Francisco* *
8)* Santa Clara* *


XXXII.* WAC
1)* Boise State* *
2)* Fresno State* *
3)* Hawaii* *
4)* Idaho* *
5)* Louisiana Tech* *
6)* Nevada* *
7)* New Mexico State* *
8)* San Jose State* *
9)* Utah State* *

Schortsanitis
12-26-2007, 03:11 PM
The list so far goes something like this:
1)* Danny Seigle -* Wagner College
2)* Denver Lopez - Cal State Fullerton
3)* Ricardo Brown - Pepperdine University
4)* Andy Seigle - University of New Orleans
5)* Dorian Pena - Coppin State
6)* Rafi Reavis - Coppin State
7)* Noy Castillo - The Citadel
8)* Tony Dela Cruz - UC-Irvine.
9)* Mick Pennisi - Eastern Michigan
10)* Kelly Williams - Oakland University

As for Joe Devance, he supposedly played for University of Texas-El Paso, but I could not find that school among the list of US NCAA Div. 1 schools.

bchoter
12-26-2007, 05:11 PM
University of Texas - El Paso is UTEP and it belongs to CUSA

Schortsanitis
12-26-2007, 09:43 PM
University of Texas - El Paso is UTEP and it belongs to CUSA


Thanks for the info. So the list should now be something like this:

1) Danny Seigle - Wagner College
2) Denver Lopez - Cal State Fullerton
3) Ricardo Brown - Pepperdine University
4) Andy Seigle - University of New Orleans
5) Dorian Pena - Coppin State
6) Rafi Reavis - Coppin State
7) Noy Castillo - The Citadel
8) Tony Dela Cruz - Irvine
9) Mick Pennisi - Eastern Michigan
10) Kelly Williams - Oakland University
11) Joe Devance - UTEP

JonarSabilano
12-28-2007, 08:57 AM
University of Texas - El Paso is UTEP and it belongs to CUSA


Thanks for the info.* So the list should now be something like this:

1)* Danny Seigle -* Wagner College
2)* Denver Lopez - Cal State Fullerton
3)* Ricardo Brown - Pepperdine University
4)* Andy Seigle - University of New Orleans
5)* Dorian Pena - Coppin State
6)* Rafi Reavis - Coppin State
7)* Noy Castillo - The Citadel
8)* Tony Dela Cruz - Irvine
9)* Mick Pennisi - Eastern Michigan
10)* Kelly Williams - Oakland University
11)* Joe Devance - UTEP


Ryan Reyes reportedly tried out for a walk-on slot in Cal State - Fullerton after playing his juco years at Cerritos College. However, it seems that he was not able to get in.

yungha
12-29-2007, 11:14 PM
didn't vince hizon play for boise state?

aircanda
12-30-2007, 10:11 PM
boise state po pala si vince hizon? kasi parang nakita ko siya date wearing an ateneo jersey during an exhibiton game so akala ko taga ateneo siya..

how about Rudy "the H-bomb" Hatfiled? Did he play in a Division 1 school?

thanks guys..

AnthonyServinio
12-31-2007, 12:09 AM
boise state po pala si vince hizon? kasi parang nakita ko siya date wearing an ateneo jersey during an exhibiton game so akala ko taga ateneo siya..
* * *Vince Hizon did suit up for one UAAP season for Ateneo in 1993.* After that, he signed with Burger Machine in the PBL and forfeited his remaining UAAP eligibility.* By January of 1994, Hizon was already in the PBA with Purefoods.

* * *School year 1992-1993 was Hizon's residency year in Ateneo as he was a college transfer from the United States were he attended Boise State and the Bible Institute of Los Angeles (BIOLA) and another school that escapes my mind.


how about Rudy "the H-bomb" Hatfiled? Did he play in a Division 1 school?

thanks guys..

* * *Rudy Hatfield attended the University of Michigan at Dearborn, a Division II school.

aircanda
12-31-2007, 10:57 AM
^^ thanks :)

yungha
01-01-2008, 09:43 PM
* * *School year 1992-1993 was Hizon's residency year in Ateneo as he was a college transfer from the United States were he attended Boise State and the Bible Institute of Los Angeles (BIOLA) and another school that escapes my mind.

if i'm not mistaken, that would be cypress community college in california. and after playing for all those colleges in the states, he really was eligible for just one UAAP season.

JonarSabilano
01-28-2008, 10:58 AM
People at Hilltopper Haven have mentioned that Kurtis Townsend, NBA vet Raymond's younger brother, played in the Philippines after starring at WKU. If he did play here, was he an import or a PBA Fil-Am recruit? Can't seem to find any info on him elsewhere.

Kid Cubao
01-28-2008, 12:04 PM
^^import ng great taste, if memory serves me right.

JonarSabilano
01-28-2008, 12:15 PM
^^import ng great taste, if memory serves me right.


Pero would he have been eligible to play as a local then?

Kid Cubao
01-28-2008, 12:42 PM
technically yes, but for some reason great taste didn't.

codiak
03-10-2008, 02:13 PM
didn't vince hizon play for boise state?


joe devance stat
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/basketball/ncaa/men/players/16456/

Schortsanitis
06-22-2008, 07:53 PM
Revising the list to include Ali Peek:

1) Danny Seigle - Wagner College
2) Denver Lopez - Cal State Fullerton
3) Ricardo Brown - Pepperdine University
4) Andy Seigle - University of New Orleans
5) Dorian Pena - Coppin State
6) Rafi Reavis - Coppin State
7) Noy Castillo - The Citadel
8) Tony Dela Cruz - UC-Irvine.
9) Mick Pennisi - Eastern Michigan
10) Kelly Williams - Oakland University
11) Joe Devance - UTEP
12) Ali Peek - St. Mary's

amdgc82
09-28-2009, 11:27 AM
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The Quick Brown Fox: First Fil-Am in the PBA and First Filipino Principal in Artesia, Ricardo Brown
Sunday, 27 September 2009 17:49 Joseph Pimentel | AJPress Los Angeles

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HE’S considered one of the greatest players to ever suit up in a Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) uniform.

Ricardo Brown, better known as Ricky Brown, will become the first Fil-Am inducted to the PBA Hall of Fame in October but his legacy does not end on the hardwood floor.

Brown’s days of leading a basketball team to a championship may be long gone but these days, he has a much larger team counting on him.

As the first Filipino principal in the Artesia school district, Brown leads about 700 students and staff at Faye Ross Middle School in Artesia. Ross Middle School is a highly distinguished magnet school of creative media and arts about 20 miles South East of Los Angeles.

Just like his days on the PBA hardwood, Brown is a perfectionist and he’s brought along what he learned on the basketball court to his administration job.

"This is a more pressure packed job – you’re dealing with kids, parents, teachers, the community, district officials, being measured by the state and federal government with testing," said Brown to the Asian Journal. "In this profession, you have to embrace collaboration and teamwork. On a basketball team, you can’t be successful unless you are able to come together as a team. I have such a wonderful and dedicated staff here at Ross Middle School. It’s like a basketball coach. When you have players willing to go through a brick wall to win that’s this staff here."

[b]A PBA Legend

For about eight years, Brown played the point guard position in the PBA and his basketball prowess earned him the nickname "Quick Brown Fox" for his ability to run circles around defenders and create basket opportunities for his teammates.

Brown became the first FilAm to play in the PBA in the early 1980’s.

After graduating from Pepperdine, he was drafted by the Houston Rockets in the third round of the 1979 NBA draft but was later released to the then San Diego Clippers.

Unable to make an NBA team, he was recruited by Ambassador Eduardo Cojuangco to play for the Philippine national team. In 1981, Brown was part of the team that captured the Jones Cup.

It was the start of his basketball career in the Philippines.

He stayed in the Philippines and played for La Salle in 1982. He entered the 1983 PBA draft where Great Taste Coffee Makers would choose him in the first round.

Brown would win the rookie of the year award in his first season and it was a sign of things to come from the quick brown fox. In his eight seasons in the PBA, he led his team to six titles and led the league in scoring twice. According to Philstar, Brown still holds the PBA records for locals in career scoring average (23.1) and free throw percentage (.876).

He also set the PBA record for the most points scored by a Filipino in a single Finals game scoring 48 points.

The 1985 season was his greatest year, he said. That year he captured the league MVP and led the Great Taste Coffeemakers to a grand slam championship.

"I was on the peak of my game – mentally and physically," he said. "We had such great young players and developed into a great dynamic team."

Little is known that after that season, former Lakers General Manager Jerry West offered Brown a tryout with the Los Angeles Lakers.

West loved Brown’s playing style at Pepperdine and wanted to see if he fit in Pat Riley’s system.

"I know it would have been a great opportunity for me but I declined it," said Brown.

The reason – he fell in love with the Philippines.

For Brown playing in the Philippines was significant in more ways than one. It wasn’t just about basketball. It was about reconnecting with unknown roots.

Born in Chicago, Illinois to an American and a Filipina, Brown only knew of his Filipino heritage from his mother.

Brown’s mother always made sure her son would know his Filipino half but he never had a chance to visit the Philippines or his relatives there.

"You have to understand that it was really special for me just to go to the Philippines and see my mother’s homeland, to meet my grandparents for the first time," said Brown. "I have a lot of family there who I was in contact with through the years but I never had the opportunity to go there. That in itself was something very special."

"Then I just fell in love with the Philippines," he added. "I fell in love with the Filipino people, the lifestyle, just everything about it. I didn’t want to leave."

Injuries forced Brown to retire at the age of 34.

After his PBA career, he settled in Los Angeles where he received his teaching credentials at his alma mater Pepperdine University before earning a Masters degree in educational administration at California State University, Fullerton.

He served as a vice principal at a school in Laguna Hills before accepting the principal position at Faye Ross last year.

Regrets

Despite having a stellar PBA career, Brown admits he has one regret.

As he reflects on his days as a player, he wishes he could have done more for the Filipino people.

"If I had a chance to re-do this I would really connect with the schools," said Brown. "My emphasis would be on education because there’s not going to be many kids out there who can make it to the PBA. I would make sure to tell them to go to school everyday and take your education seriously and that while I appreciated some kids looking up at me as their hero, I would tell them that their real hero is their mom and dad.

"I had a forum because of my popularity where people would listen and that’s the piece I regret. I could have made a world of difference."

Despite Brown’s hindsight of not contributing enough to the Filipino people during his playing days, the 51-year-old is making a difference now.

Principal Brown is making a world of difference about the importance of education to the countless number of kids at Faye Ross Middle School.

( www.asianjournal.com )

( Published on September 26, 2009 in Asian Journal Los Angeles p. A8 )

menker
12-02-2009, 02:53 PM
dagdag na sina gabe norwood (george mason), jared dillinger (hawaii), japeth aguilar (wku), chris ross (marshall)

si taulava daw ay naglaro for BYU? is this true?

Schortsanitis
12-05-2009, 09:33 PM
1) Danny Seigle - Wagner College
2) Denver Lopez - Cal State Fullerton
3) Ricardo Brown - Pepperdine University
4) Andy Seigle - University of New Orleans
5) Dorian Pena - Coppin State
6) Rafi Reavis - Coppin State
7) Noy Castillo - The Citadel
8) Tony Dela Cruz - UC-Irvine.
9) Mick Pennisi - Eastern Michigan
10) Kelly Williams - Oakland University
11) Joe Devance - UTEP
12) Ali Peek - St. Mary's
13) Gabe Norwood - George Mason University
14) Jared Dillinger - Universtiy of Hawaii
15) Japeth Aguilar - Western Kentucky University
16) Chris Ross - Marshall University
17) Chris Timberlake - University of North Florida