COVID-19 made former Rochelle student-athlete Austin Brown’s first year with the Kishwaukee College men’s basketball program difficult to navigate. Despite seeing his first season canceled and practicing as little as once a week, Brown chose to return for a second year this past winter.
Brown’s decision proved fruitful, as the RTHS alum was the only player to start in all 31 games for the Kougars during the 2021-22 season. Brown averaged 3.9 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game, scoring a season-best 11 points against Elgin Community College on Dec. 21, 2021 and dishing out a season-best seven assists against Rock Valley College on Dec. 7, 2021.
“My time at Kishwaukee College was definitely interesting,” Brown said. “We didn’t play any games during my first year and we practiced once or twice a week for an hour or so. My second year was much better, though. We practiced six days a week and we played a full season. I enjoyed meeting new players from all around the area and growing closer to my teammates throughout the season. I thought my decision making improved on and off the basketball court.”
Brown’s favorite moments from the 2021-22 season include bringing home a win from Carl Sandburg College on Feb. 3. The former Hub guard also grabbed a season-high 11 rebounds in an 86-71 win at McHenry County College on Nov. 23, 2021. Brown recorded season-bests in steals (four) and blocks (two) in Kishwaukee College’s 75-72 win against Judson University JV.
“I wound up starting during my second year and my role was to guard whoever I was asked to, make the right play and knock down shots,” Brown said. “I felt like guarding came naturally to me and I excelled in that area. My favorite moment was when we traveled to Galesburg and came home with a win against Carl Sandburg College. Being able to stay ready and come home with a win after that long of a bus ride was a great feeling for me and my teammates.”
With his time at Kishwaukee College now over, Brown currently attends the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where he helps the women’s basketball program as a student manager and practice player. He’s currently studying finance and hopes to pursue a career in finance.