It’s not often your title only gives the first name of a player. However, in this situation, if you don’t know who Tookie is, you’ve probably been living on a deserted island for the past several years. The mere mention of his name conjures up memories of greatness, humility, and a winner’s attitude. Everyone in Morgan County and beyond knows that Tookie Brown has been winning basketball games and hearts since he was old enough to spell his own name.
Brown’s present situation is well-known. He put his name into the hat for the NBA draft a few months ago to see if his ability would draw the eye of teams willing to take him in the early rounds. After going through the evaluation process, and getting input from NBA scouts and general managers, he has decided to return to Georgia Southern for his senior year. Since he did not hire an agent to represent him, Tookie can do that. A big sigh of relief just went up in Statesboro with that announcement. The 5’11’, 180 pound point guard will now surely leave the Eagles as one of the best, if not the best, players ever to grace their court. His stat sheet and career highs boggle the mind of any discerning fan.
Let’s take a look at some of those marks. According to GSEagles.com, “Brown earned first-team All-Sun Belt and NABC All-District honors for the third straight season after posting 18.9 points, 4.3 assists and 1.8 steals per game. He enters the 2018-19 season 153 points shy of becoming the school’s all-time leading scorer in the Division I era and looking to become the first four-year first-team All-Sun Belt selection in the 43-year history of the league.
Brown ranked third in the Sun Belt in scoring, second in field goal percentage (.532), fifth in assists, third in assist to turnover ratio and second in steals last season. He ranked in the top-25 nationally and led the conference in free throws attempted and free throws made and was one of only two players listed under 6-feet tall ranked in the top-100 nationally in field goal percentage. He scored 20-plus points in 16 games this season, led the Eagles in scoring in 21 contests and led the team in assists 24 times. The first Eagle to record 500 or more points in three straight seasons, Brown ranks seventh in the modern era in career scoring at Georgia Southern with 1,718 points.
Georgia Southern reached 20 wins for the second time in four years in 2017-18 and joined Louisiana and UTA as the only three Sun Belt schools to reach double-digit conference wins in each of the last four seasons. The Eagles return three starters and seven lettermen to the 2018-19 team.”
Folks, that’s a mouthful of stats. It doesn’t surprise at all those of us fortunate enough to have watched him play at Morgan County. He’s a stat sheet stuffer and always has been. The thing we most admire about this young man is not his ability to shoot a basketball, but the character and love he has for the game and others that exudes from every pore of his skin. This guy’s the entire package inside and out, and we can’t wait to see what he does next year for the Eagles and after that in the NBA.