Though he never got the opportunity, Charles Brown Sr. always wanted to play basketball at St. Joseph's University.
Brown Sr., who played at Overbrook and later at North Carolina A&T, will now get the chance to watch his son, Charles Jr., soar as a Hawk.
The George Washington senior forward committed Friday to St. Joseph's.
"My dad, he always wanted to go to St. Joe's, but he couldn't get in," Brown Jr. said. "So this is a big thing for me. It feels great, it's something he never accomplished, but I accomplished it. So I still think I'm better than him, but he doesn't believe it, though."
A 6-foot-6, long-armed raw talent, Brown Jr. is a tenacious and versatile defender who can also become more dangerous on offense with some seasoning.
To that end, he will spend a year at St. Thomas More, a Connecticut-based prep school, before joining the Hawks.
Last year, Brown Jr. was named MVP of the Public League's B Division. His 18.4 points per game during league play led the division.
Brown Jr. said the St. Joseph's coaching staff wants him to work on increasing strength and becoming more assertive on offense.
The year of prep school could help. Perhaps another byproduct could be improving his H.O.R.S.E. game against his dad.
"Yeah, we always play H.O.R.S.E." said Brown Jr., later admitting his father typically wins. "We don't play one-on-one because he knows the deal."
Rematches in Hagan Arena could be forthcoming.
"Yeah, I'll call him up," Brown Jr. said. "He might not play me though because he knows I'll get better."