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Downtown Dale Brown

Mississippi native, "Downtown" Dale Brown was a stand-out at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College (MGCCC), and was tabbed as one of the best players in Mississippi Junior College (JUCO) history. He was a first team JUCO All-American and the 1991 National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Men’s Basketball Player of the Year. Brown helped lead the Bulldogs to a 33-4 record and back-to-back Region 23 titles.

For his accomplishments, Brown was inducted into in the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College Basketball Hall of Fame in 2006. After two successful years at MGCCC, his talents landed him a scholarship to the University of Kentucky under the leadership of legendary coach Rick Pitino where he was instrumental in carrying the Wildcats to the 1992 NCAA Elite Eight and 1993 NCAA Final Four. During his career at Kentucky, he was named Southeastern Conference (SEC) Defensive Player of the Year twice in two years (1992 and 1993) and the SEC Newcomer of the Year (1992).

As a player, Brown's career Achievements Include:

  • University of Kentucky Wildcat
  • Two-time SEC Defensive Player of the Year
  • Final Eight and Final Four appearances in both years of Division 1 play
  • National Junior College Athletic Association (NCAA) Player of the Year and First Team All American
  • Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College (MGCCC) Hall of Fame Inductee
  • NBA Signee
  • European League professional player

Coach Dale Brown

Brown played ball professionally for several years after college and traveled the world in the process. He never forgot his roots, though, and always intended to offer a basketball camp for children of the region where he grew up.  He started the Dale Brown Boys and Girls Basketball Camp in 2009 and has returned every summer.

During those years, Brown has coached at the college level, as head coach at Pikeville University, Dillard University, and Clark Atlanta University. He has also helmed several high school teams, including Moss Point High School where he coached one season and led his team to the semi-finals of the state tournament and a school record 32-6 season.