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Youth development system pays off as Charlie Brown steps up

Charlie Brown signs for Derby Trailblazers Mens Senior Team

Ever since Derby Trailblazers Senior Men’s programme was first established, there has always been an emphasis on providing an outlet into which successful junior players can continue their development.

And after representing the club at every age-group level, Derby College Student Charlie Brown is about to complete that journey, as he takes the final step and becomes part of the senior men’s team for the 2018/19 season.

Averaging 4.4 points, seven rebounds and 4.4 assists for the Trailblazers in the Elite Academies Basketball League last season, Brown is delighted to finally be making his debut with Derby’s senior men’s team:

“I’ve been training with the first team for the past couple of years, so I’m really excited to be suiting up with the senior players for the upcoming season.

“Training with these players has helped me to develop my game to the point that’s needed to play at that standard. We have a number of changes to personnel from last year and several new players coming in, so I’m excited to see how we can bond together as a team,” he said.

In addition to representing the Trailblazers at every age-group level, Brown also has experience within the England setup and at the prestigious Deng Camp earlier this year, which confirmed his place as one of the top fifty young players in the country.

Last season, he represented the Trailblazers in the U18 Men’s Premier League and the D4 Men’s side which earned promotion to D3 North for the coming season. Derby’s Head Coach Matt Shaw is delighted to see the youngest of the Brown brothers making the step up to the top flight:

“Charlie has been part of the club for many years, coming through from our mini sessions, through all the junior age groups and now senior men. He has a great instinct for what’s going to happen next and a lovely feel for the game.

“He’s a prime time passer of the ball and someone who will be a joy to play alongside for his team-mates. As the season progresses, I think Charlie will gain more confidence in his outside shot.

“He will also need to get used playing at a quicker pace, which should come naturally as he gets more practice time and playing time under his belt,” he said.

Thenew season gets underway on Saturday 22ndSeptember, when Derby welcome newly promoted Nottingham Hoodsto Noel-Baker Academy in the Pool Stage of the NBL Men’s Trophy.

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