Gabe Brown | Spartans All-Access | Michigan State Basketball

Gabe Brown | Spartans All-Access | Michigan State Basketball

(net swishes)
(basketball bouncing)
(light piano music)
– I was the person to
have all the new clothes,
and new shoes,
and I wasn’t the person
that would go out to eat.
Like, you know how families and stuff
go to McDonalds and things like that?
We never really did
that when I was younger.
We always cooked or my
grandparents always cooked.
We never spent money on things
that wasn’t really necessary.
I would say I was an
unwealthy kid growing up.
I didn’t have the things
that a lot of kids have.
But I know I had two
parents that always loved me
and two brothers that would
always be there for me.
– Basketball, that’s what we did.
That’s all we did every day.
Come home from school, eat,
probably go around the corner
to my friend’s house around the corner
and play basketball
till probably 9 o’clock,
come back, eat, that’d be it every day,
every single day.
– My son, Charles Harry Brown,
he was also a basketball player.
He played at Belleville,
Belleville School,
and he brought both of his boys up.
Gabe’s brother Nick, who
also played at the school,
and over the years,
they competed together in
terms of playing basketball.
And that’s what they wanted
to do all their life.
– He influenced me.
He’s the man that’s making
this all happen right now.
Growing up, he pushed me
to be the best I could be.
My dad used to be a janitor growing up.
He worked at South Middle School,
and he coached there, too.
So all my brothers played there.
So growing up, that’s where I’d always be:
working out, playing with
him, playing with my brothers,
just really becoming the best
basketball player I could be.
We really couldn’t
afford to go rec centers
and things like that, so
South Middle School was there.
It was everything to me.
That’s still my home right now.
So he influenced me very well.
He put all the tools that he had
and put it into me and my brothers.
– I didn’t really realize
that Charlie had a son until,
oh, boy, I bet you Gabe was
maybe eighth or ninth grade.
And he informed me that he had a son.
And his dad was a pretty
good shooter himself,
so it doesn’t surprise me that
Gabe can shoot the ball, too.
And you know, at that time, I would just
chat with him a little bit and, you know,
and I would just tell Charlie, hey,
stay with your son.
Stick with him.
Teach him.
Don’t force him.
Let him love the game.
Don’t force the game on him.
And his dad did a magnificent job with him
in that regard.
– The one thing he told me was,
he knew, out of all my brothers,
that I could be the one
that could make a difference
and change my family’s situation,
which one day I probably still can.
He always told me I would be
the one to make it to the NBA
and buy him a house,
buy my brother a house,
and just support the family.
And I still believe that to this day.
– My son, he was a
hard-working individual.
He got a job at the Ford Motor Company.
And of course, he didn’t
like that too well.
And he kept looking for something else,
so he finally got a job at
the Belleville School System.
And that’s what he loved,
and he thrived doing that.
He was very happy with what he was doing.
They really loved him.
And the kids, especially,
that’s all they talked about was Charlie.
They called him Charlie Brown.
That’s what they called
him, Charlie Brown.
And he loved what he
was doing at the school.
(poignant music)
– It was tough.
It’s just different growing up,
just always having your
dad there, whoever there,
and just one day it just totally changed.
So it was kind of just like,
when he went to the
hospital, it was just like,
I don’t know.
It’s hard to explain.
It was just, like, let’s just keep
trying to push through.
Hopefully, it’ll get better.
– Yeah, it was real hard for
me and my brother going to see
him every day, him hooked up to a machine,
the doctors telling you that
he’s not getting better.
All we could do is just pray.
All we could do is just be by his side.
But that’s probably the hardest thing
I done ever went through as a person.
My dad, even when he was hospitalized,
he used to wipe me and
my brothers’ tears off.
And for him to do that
and still have a stroke
or still trying to recover from a stroke,
that’s probably one of the
greatest memories that I got.
Yeah, that’s probably the hardest thing
I ever went through in my life.
No matter what basketball,
or what my brothers have done to me,
or fights, or anything,
that’s up there.
That one hits the heart every time.
– Well, we all were suffering.
He had a very difficult time
adjusting to what had happened.
And of course, we took him
under our wings, and we took up
all the responsibility that his father…
His father was in the
hospital for eight months
before he finally succumbed.
And during that period,
we took care of him,
made sure he went to school.
But in terms of the mental situation,
it was very, very difficult.
– When my dad passed away,
I used to go through a depression problem.
So I used to get down on myself a lot,
like, I used to cry a lot.
I used to, like, when I played basketball,
after every game that I lost, I’d cry…
like, just cry.
I used to sit in my room,
and I got his obituary,
like, the book…
I got his obituary hanging up on my wall.
And every time I would look at it,
I would break down crying
or I’d just have to go
to sleep or something
because I can’t look at it.
(poignant music)
When he passed away, I
felt the game left me, too.
I felt everything left me.
I felt everybody left me.
I felt the man that I only do
it for, only play for left me.
So when he left, I almost quit.
I didn’t feel no reason to play no more
till my brother got me back in the gym.
– I just told him, that’s
what we’ve been doing
for a while.
Stay positive; keep going.
And he’s been working so hard
to be a good basketball player.
My dad put a lot of work into us being…
I put a lot of work into
all of us being together,
being good basketball players.
And just keep pushing,
keep going through it,
and good things will happen for you.
Keep his memory living on,
and good things will happen to you.
– Charlie and I would talk
quite a bit when I was the
head basketball coach there.
And he was around my kids
in our program a lot.
And when kids would get out
of line or something, he would
always say something to them.
And he just really liked the
way that our program went.
And then when I came to Michigan State,
Coach Izzo and I, being
so close, and our values,
and the way we do things are
so similar to one another
that he always wanted
Gabe in this situation.
And it was his dream
that his son play here
at Michigan State.
So when he passed away,
everything was already set
for him to make that
transition to come here.
It’s unfortunate that his
dad never had an opportunity
to watch him play,
but I like to think
that his dad is watching.
McClain up ahead,
Brown, first basket in
a Michigan State uniform
for the freshman Gabe Brown.
Good kickout.
Here is Gabe Brown.
sweet stroke for Gabe Brown.
And another timeout.
(hip hop music)
(light piano music)
– He’s not a hardened kid.
He’s an appreciative kid.
He’s a kid that gets it, you know?
He’s trying to learn.
He got raised by his brother a lot.
He’s just trying to figure things out.
But you know what?
He has elephant years.
And I think because of that,
he, too, was getting better.
He’s starting to understand.
And I think the guy
that’s helped him a lot
has been Joshua Langford.
He lives with Josh.
Josh is such an incredible
human being that
he really talked a lot with him.
He tries to help mentor Gabe.
And Gabe is gonna get better
because he has a passion for the game.
He has a purpose for
playing like nobody else’s,
his father.
And I think he has an
appreciation for Michigan State.
You put those three things together,
that’s a good combination.
– I remember when I
was about, I think, 14.
I was sitting in my room.
I think he just got done
watching the Michigan-Michigan
State basketball game.
And he came in my room and told me.
He said, Gabe, I want you to go there.
I want you to play for Tom Izzo.
Tom Izzo is one of the
greatest coaches in basketball.
That always stuck in my mind.
That’s where I always wanted to go.
So with him saying that,
I worked day in, day out just to get here.
And Michigan State is
probably one of the greatest
changes of my life.
– The biggest thing…
and I’ve told him this…
the biggest thing, for me,
is to see him live out his dream,
which is to play championship basketball
here at Michigan State,
and then one day possibly become a pro.
And for me,
that would be the greatest
thing that I could give back
that I had a hand in
helping him to do that,
that I could give back
to Charlie, his dad,
and to their family.
(poignant piano music)
– That was kind of something
between him and his father.
And when you have something like that
between you and your father
and then you lose your father,
you hang on to that.
And so I feel like I
have an obligation, too.
I have an obligation to make sure
that his dreams, and goals,
and what he told his father,
and what his father told him come true.
So I’m all in on this deal.
And because of that, I’m not
worried about Gabe failing.
It’s just a matter of
how fast he has success.
trying to get it in.
Here comes that double-team
very quickly, shot clock down to five.
Ward, passes out of it, good.
(PA announcer)
– [COLOR COMMENTATOR] I gotta tell ya,
Coach Izzo gives you information.
Like, he told us Gabe Brown
was gonna have an impact
at some point soon.
And Gabe Brown hit a couple
threes against Louisville and
is a really good shooter.
And there he is.
– How I got through it was,
I had my family and everybody
there to support me.
But I told myself in my
mind that I know I gotta
get to the NBA.
I know I gotta get to Michigan State.
I know I gotta do the things
that he always told me
that he wanted me to do.
I mean, growing up, he done
gave me individual goals
that I knew I had to live up to,
like getting to the NBA,
playing for Michigan State.
That was the main two that always stuck
in the back of my mind.
And I told myself,
I can’t fail.
I can’t be a failure in this
society that we have now.
For somebody that’s going
through this right now,
I’ll say keep their head up,
because you don’t know what can happen.
(poignant piano music)
(bass-thumping beat)

29 thoughts on “Gabe Brown | Spartans All-Access | Michigan State Basketball”

  1. I cant wait to see you rise, Gabe. You're going to be so deadly SO fast. Tom Izzo is the best in the business! You make him and every Spartan Proud :p

  2. Gabe an incredible young man whom I’ve had the pleasure of knowing at Belleville HighSchool we are proud of you ,and we are rooting for you!

  3. Incredible story. A week from now, your dad will be smiling that his son won a NCAA championship. I’ll guarantee that.

  4. An elite program that's just a little different from a Duke or Kentucky or Kansas. You go there because you've got something to prove … and something you want to be part of.

  5. Saw this dude every year because he played against our high school! Hoping for the best Bc I know he can go pro with training. Good luck Gabe!

  6. Oh I saw that cemetery pic and thought it was one of the GIRLS THAT KILLED THEMSELVES AFTER YOUR PLAYERS RAPED THEM!! This program should cease to exist along with lots of other PROGRAMS THAT CONDONE RAPE!! You are all PATHETIC!!

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