Andy Brown has always lived in the present. How else do you rebound from three ACL surgeries on the same knee and still become a starter for the Stanford basketball team?
Naturally, there are times he reflects on what could have been. The 6-foot-7, 215-pound Cardinal senior was a standout at basketball powerhouse Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, California, where he played in three state championship games, winning two. Then he injured his left knee halfway through his senior year.
“I would have been the only player in history to play in four state title games,” said Brown.
All-state as a junior, Brown was recruited heavily by Arizona, Michigan, San Diego, Stanford, and Utah. He was leaning toward Tucson until head coach Lute Olsen retired, then thought Stanford was the best fit. Little did Brown know how much he would be tested physically and mentally.
On his first day of practice with the Cardinal in 2009, he tore the same ACL again. Brown redshirted and worked ... Continue Reading