Forest Park, IL...Sterling Brown, a Proviso Math and Science Academy senior who recently led Proviso East to the Illinois High School Association boys’ basketball state finals for the second straight year, has been named to the Chicago Sun-Times All-Area Boys’ Basketball Team.
Sterling, who will attend and play basketball at Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Dallas next year, averaged 12.7 points per game and 11 rebounds per game as he led the Pirates to a fourth-place finish in the state tournament. He said that he felt proud that he was named to the team.
"It feels good to be listed among the best players in the area," said Sterling, who also was named to the Chicago Tribune’s All- State Third Team. "I’m going out considered one of the best [players] of the area."
His coach at Proviso East, Donnie Boyce, credited Sterling with helping to lead the Pirates to the state finals on a run that included a 19-game winning streak.
"I thought with Sterling, all of the accolades are well deserved," Boyce said. "He really stepped up in the latter part of the year and led this team."
While he received recognition for his skills on the basketball court, he also has been maintained a high standing in the classroom. He said that his parents encourage him to work on his grades, and he has been interning at Priority Sports in Chicago during the last year.
"I was actually able to start fishing for the major I’m going to do next year and do real world research," Sterling said, referencing his planned major of business at SMU. "In my house, you have to work hard."
Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent of District 209, said Sterling has been an exemplary student during his years at PMSA and playing basketball at Proviso East.
"He has been a shining star in more ways than one for the schools of this district," she said. "He has shown what a true student-athlete is, and demonstrated that he will do well in whatever endeavor he attempts. In addition, he is such a pleasant young man who demonstrates great character. We are very proud of him and know that he will fare well at SMU."