Charlie Brown is a 185cm guard form Joplin, Missouri that is playing his professional rookie season in Germany with BG Topstar Leitershofen/Stadtbergen (Germany-Regionalliga). he helped lead teh team to two wins averaging 23,0ppg,4,0rpg and 3,5apg. He began his basketball career with Joplin High School. In 2014.2015 he began his college career at Missouri So. (NCAA2) playing 15 games averaging 6.6ppg, FGP: 47.7%, 3PT: 40.6%, FT: 69.2%. In his second season at Missouri So. (NCAA2) he played 30 games averaging 14.6ppg, 3.4rpg, 2.2apg, FGP: 48.1%, 3PT: 42.5%, FT: 84.4%. In 2016-2017 he moved to Minn.St.-Mankato (NCAA2) playing 24 games averaging 8.8ppg, 1.8rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 52.4%, 3PT: 27.1%, FT: 81.8%. In his senior year at Minn.St.-Mankato (NCAA2) he played 34 games averaging 16.8ppg, 2.9rpg, 3.9apg, FGP: 49.3%, 3PT: 39.1%, FT: 79.3%. He spoke to germanhoops.com earlier in the summer about basketball.
Charlie thanks for taking time to talk to germanhoops.com. Where are you at the moment and how has your summer been?
I’m currently in Joplin, Missouri. My summer has been going well, spending a lot of time in the gym getting ready to head to Germany for the upcoming season.
Before we get to the interview about your career, I have to ask you about your name. What overall kind of experience was it growing up with a famous name like Charlie Brown? Did the remarks get old or tiring after a while or is this famous comic figure one that wasn’t as known with the youth of today?
I never really heard jokes about my name, growing up a lot of people called me ‘CB’ so that’s why I go by most of the time. It’s actually a family name also, my grandfather and uncle both are named Charlie Brown
Congrats on signing your first professional contract in Germany with Regionalliga team BG Leitershofen. How thankful are you of One Motive Sports for getting you this gig? It took a while. How difficult was the last year not knowing what your future was?
I’m very thankful to have signed with One Motive Sports, and getting a deal as fast as I did. Missing the last season was stressful, but I was constantly in the gym waiting for my next opportunity. Blessed to be able to get started with BG Leitershofen!
After a stellar NCAA 2 career at Missouri Southern and Minnesota State University Mancato, you didn’t get a job right away. What was so tough in the summer of 2018 for you getting a contract? How did you experience that first transfer period?
Well after my senior year at Minnesota State, I was offered a deal to play In Holland but things didn’t work out.
What was the defining moment of choosing BG Leitershofen as your rookie team? What were the main positives for taking this job?
one of the main reasons I decided to sign with BG Leitershofen is because of their track record and of their import players having good careers, and moving up leagues. I’ve heard nothing but great things about the people in the organization. I believe it’ll be a great fit for me, and I’m thankful they’ve decided to let me come in and be a playmaker.
What do you know in general about the country Germany and it’s basketball? Some Missouri Southern greats like Skyler Bowlin and Jordan Talbert are still balling here today?
I know a little bit about Germany. I know it’s a basketball hotspot, and it’s a good starting out place as an import player. And, yes Skylar and JT are both currently in Germany. They’re having great careers
Did you reach out to any of the alumni of your school’s that have played in Germany or did you leave that to your agent in getting everything sorted out?
Since signing, I’ve talked to Skyler Bowlin. He started his career with BG LEITERSHOFEN, so he was able to offer advice about what to expect from the club and the city I’ll be living in.
You finished your NCAA 2 career strong scoring in double figures in your last 9 games. Is your self confidence at an all-time high now?
My self confidence is really high at the moment. I believe I can score and facilitate at a high level. I believe I’ll be able to showcase that with BG LEITERSHOFEN.
Let’s talk about your game. You’re a 185cm guard that can do a bit of everything. If you had to compare your game to an NBA player who would best fit your style of play?
If I could compare myself to an NBA player it would most likely be Kemba Walker or Jrue Holiday. Both players are smooth playmakers that change speeds really well.
You’re a very good shooter, but what other strength’s does your game incorporate that fans will be able to see on display in your rookie season in Germany?
Outside of being a very good shooter, I think the fans in Germany will love my leadership skills, and my style of play. I like to play with a little bit of swagger that should rub off on my teammates. I’m hoping we will play an exciting style of basketball.
Your coming into a league Regionalliga that is dominated usually by strong American guards. You most likely will be scoring a lot, but do you see yourself being more of a stat filler with rebounds and assists than you were in school?
Coming in as an import, one of my roles will be to score the ball but guys will quickly learn I can also facilitate. I think my assists numbers will be a lot higher than what they were in college.
You’re a guy that can do a lot on the court, but what do you feel is a hidden strength in your game that still seems to be a bit off the radar?
I think my biggest hidden strength as a player is my defense. it’s something I’m not known for, but it’s something I plan on putting on full display as a pro.
On what area’s of your game will you be working most on in the lab this summer as you prepare for your rookie season in Germany?
The things I am working on most as a player this summer is my 3pt shot, both catch and shoot and off the dribble, I am also focusing on conditioning and scoring out of different ball screen situations.
You began your college career at Missouri Southern. After a less than spectacular freshman year, you blossomed as a sophomore averaging 14.6ppg, 3.4rpg, 2.2apg, FGP: 48.1%, 3PT: 42.5%, FT: 84.4%. How vital was hitting ST Cloud State with 27 points in your first game that season?
As a sophomore, scoring big the first game of the season gave me a lot of confidence that lasted throughout the year.
Despite that break out season, you left for Minn.St.-Mankato (NCAA2) after only two seasons. What were the reasons for doing this?
A lot of people ask the question of, ‘why did you leave Missouri Southern?’ and it’s mainly because I grew up in Joplin, Missouri and I wanted to experience something new. I knew as a basketball player I could excel anywhere regardless of location
You then went to Minn.St.-Mankato (NCAA2) averaging 8.8ppg, 1.8rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 52.4%, 3PT: 27.1%, FT: 81.8% as a junior. You began very well, then cooled down and had some good games at the end. Why was this season so up and down for you?
My junior year was so up and down because of little nagging injuries, and a couple personal problems I was going through.
You left the best for last as in your senor year at Minn.St.-Mankato (NCAA2) you averaged 16.8ppg, 2.9rpg, 3.9apg, FGP: 49.3%, 3PT: 39.1%, FT: 79.3%. How do you feel did your game grow in your senior year?
As a senior at Minnesota State, I had a lot of responsibilities! I was a captain and most games were determined by me and my overall play. My game grew a lot, I had the ball in my hands to make decisions and control the tempo of games. I didn’t want to let my teammates down, and we came very close to winning a national championship!
How did head coach Matt Margenthaler give you that extra push in helping you get groomed and prepared best for a professional basketball career?
Coach Margenthaler definitely prepared me to be a pro, from the way our practices were set up to his daily communication with me as a player. He has an amazing track record of producing professionals at Minnesota state! He’s given me a ton of confidence as a player.
Who won a one on one in practice you or Carlos Anderson?
Los is an incredible defender, but we’ve never played 1on1, if we did I’m pretty sure I could beat him!
Who was the toughest opponent that you played in the NCAA 2 that is in the NBA or in Europe now
The toughest guy I’ve ever had to play against at the D2 level was definitely Justin Pitts who currently plays in Spain.
Please list your five best teammates of all-time?
my five best teammates ever would be Trey Sampson, Chris Kendrix, Morgan Smith, Karson Arrenholz, and Braelon Walker
Please name your personal own NBA Rushmore. Which four heads would you pick past or present for your list?
My mount rushmore for players would definitely be, Lebron, Kobe, Shaq, and Kevin Durant
What is your personal opinion of the never ending debate of who is the greatest of all-time Michael Jordan or Lebron James?
My personal debate on the Lebron vs MJ battle is I’m definitely team Lebron. I didn’t grow up watching MJ, I’ve heard a ton about him but I never watched him on a daily basis so I have to go with Lebron.
What was the last movie that you saw?
The last movie I watched was actually State Property 2.
Thanks Charlie Brown for the chat.