Brown Earns Philippines Hoops Hall of Fame Honor
MALIBU, Calif. - It was announced recently that former Pepperdine men's basketball standout Ricardo Brown will be inducted into the Philippine Basketball Association Hall of Fame next month.
Brown played two seasons for the Waves (1978-79 and 1979-80) and earned All-West Coast Conference first team honors both seasons. He led the squad in scoring both years, averaging 19.5 points as a senior and 17.4 points as a junior.
The 1979 Waves earned an NCAA Tournament berth and defeated Utah in the first round before losing to UCLA in the second.
He was selected in the third round of the 1979 NBA Draft by the Houston Rockets. He joined the Rockets after his senior year, but was later released and so he went to play for the Philippines National Team from 1981-83. The squad won the Jones Cup championship in Taipei in 1981 and defeated the United States.
Upon entering the Philippine Basketball Association in 1983, he was the #1 pick in the draft and played in the PBA for more than 300 games from 1983-90. He was Rookie of the Year in 1983 and Most Valuable Player in 1985. Brown was named to the All-League first team six times and his teams won six championships. He set league records for points and assists per game. In 2003, he was voted one of the PBA's 25 Greatest Players.
After retiring in 1990, he returned to the United States and entered the word of education, first teaching in the Garden Grove Unified School District from 1991-95. After earning a master's degree in educational administration from Cal State Fullerton in 1995, he served as an assistant principal at both Laguna Hills High School (1996-2000) and Rancho Santa Margarita Intermediate School (2000-08). He is now the principal at the Ross Academy of Creative Media and Arts.
The Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place on October 9 at the Shangri-La Hotel in Makati City.