NBL ATHLETE SPOTLIGHT - Jonathan Brown

Can you tell us a little about yourself?

My name is Jonathan Brown, from Hounslow, London. I’ve been playing basketball since I was 13, I started playing at my secondary school in Lampton then I played a season at London Greenhouse Pioneers Under 14s and kept playing until I Ieft school. I then moved to Canterbury High School where I am playing EABL as well as playing in the NBL Under 18s and NBL Division 4.

What brought you to the National Basketball League in the first place?

When I was in Year 8 I was only starting to play school basketball and then my coach Alan Keane recommended that I go and play for the Pioneers to give me a better understanding of basketball outside of national school. That was a big step up for me.

What was your first impression? How has that changed?

My first impression was that the games are much more challenging than any other levels that I’ve played at but after a year at Pioneers I ended up not playing in the NBL for about 3 years. Then when I joined Canterbury Crusaders my impression of it was different because I was holding my own in the league games and it became easier.

What was your first "bright spot" with your team?

I leave it on the floor when I play, I work as hard as I can. I am also relied upon in the team as the point guard but I try my best to help however I can. I feel I bring energy to the team and a work ethic that trickles down to others. When we all click, we are a very good team as a whole and individually.

What was your biggest challenge?

The biggest challenge I faced was moving away from home to a new area away from my family to play basketball. My family was always so involved in my basketball at home, that was tough.

What changes have you noticed in yourself since joining the NBL?

Since joining the NBL, I’ve noticed that I have gained confidence in my game over the years. Over time, I’ve been given more responsibility from a bench player to a main role in both the Men's and Under 18 teams. That has helped me have a lot more confidence in my own ability.

What are you working on right now, what are your current goals?

Right now I'm working on gaining a more consistent jump shot and getting stronger during the summer as it’s crucial for me. My current goals are to have a solid year then hopefully gain an NCAA college scholarship for next season.

What is your favourite NBL memory?

My favourite memory in the NBL was when the Under 18s team was playing London United in the 2016/17 playoffs. We came into the game as the underdogs because we were in the Conference League not the Premier. We went the whole game without being down and ended the game with a 30-point win, silencing the crowd and advancing in the playoffs. This 17/18 season has been great as I have created lifelong memories and highlights with my team all year. I couldn’t ask for a better team to do it all with.

What advice would you give someone who is just getting started in basketball?


Always work hard no matter how good you get because there is always an aspect of your game you can improve. Also, make sure you appreciate the effort from your coaches and parents, it means a lot to them.

What do you like to do outside of basketball?

With basketball and school, I don’t have much time but when I do I go out to chill with friends, read and watch television.

Finally, who is your favorite British basketball player and why?

My favourite British basketball player is Kalil Irving because he plays with 100% heart and hustle all the time. He is a natural leader who’s out to beat anybody in front of him no matter what or who they are.