Phillip H. Brown
Phillip H. Brown
Hometown: New York, NY
Team: Basketball

Phillip Brown '75
Hometown: New York, NY
Sport: Basketball
Year Inducted: 1980

Phillip Brown '75 came to Brown University after an outstanding high school career at Horace Mann School in New York City. "He can be a great one in college," his high school coach said. That's strong praise indeed - but it turned out to be an understatement. When you start searching for the bests basketball player in Brown history, Phil Brown has to be given a long look. "I didn't see Harry Platt ('40), Moe Mahoney ('50), or Mike Cingiser ('62)," says former Bruin coach Jerry Alaimo '58, "but for my money this big fella could be the finest all-around player Brown has ever had." During his freshman season, Phil Brown was the 6-5 center on an exciting cub group that included Eddie Morris, Vaughn Clarke, Jim Busam, and Lloyd Desvigne. While parading to an 18-2 record that winter, the freshman five frequently drew more fans than did the varsity games which followed. During Phil Brown's varsity years, the Bears were 14-12, 17-9, and 14-12, and the 30 Ivy League victories over a three-year span is the most in Brown's history. At the end of his career, the talented center was a two-time All-Ivy selection, was All-New England, and had served as captain of the Bruins in both his junior and senior seasons. He was also named Rhode Island Player of the Year as a senior, a high honor in a state in which Providence College players dominated the headlines. Phil Brown ended with 1,248 points, which at that time made him Brown's fourth highest scorer. He set both Brown and New England records for field goal percentage and Brown records for rebounding. He has recently played for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in the Eastern League, helping his team to two championships in five years and once scoring 58 points in one game. "Phil was the leader o that very talented 1975 group," Coach Alaimo says. "He could shoot, rebound, play defense, block shots. I don't know what else a man can do. And if he had been just a few inches taller he could have played in the NBA." Phil Brown earned his MBA at the Wharton School and is now manager of Bell of Pennsylvania, in its Wilmington, Del., office.