Ricardo Brown (basketball)

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Ricardo Vidal Brown
No. 23
Point guard
Personal information
Born (1957-05-22) May 22, 1957 (age 57)
Nationality Filipino
Listed height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Career information
College Centenary (1975–1976)
Yavapai JC (1976–1977)
Pepperdine (1978–1980)
NBA draft 1979 / Round: 3 / Pick: 59th overall
Selected by the Houston Rockets
Career history
1983–1987 Great Taste Coffee Makers
1985 Northern Cement
1988–1990 San Miguel Beermen
Career highlights and awards
  • 1983 PBA Rookie of the Year
  • 1983 PBA Mythical Five
  • 1984 PBA Mythical First Team
  • 1985 PBA Most Valuable Player
  • 1985 PBA Mythical First Team
  • 1986 PBA Mythical First Team
  • 1987 PBA Mythical Second Team
  • 1988 PBA Mythical First Team
  • PBA's 25 Greatest Players

Ricardo Vidal Brown[1] (born May 22, 1957), also known as Ricky Brown, is a former Filipino American professional basketball player. He was drafted by the Houston Rockets in the 3rd Round of the 1979 NBA Draft. Brown played college ball at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California, where he was All-West Coast his Junior and Senior years, and Southern California Player of the Year in 1979. He played for the Philippine National team-Northern Cement coached by Ron Jacobs in the 1980 Jones Cup in Taiwan, where the Philippines won the championship defeating Taiwan, Sweden, Italy, and the United States. Brown also played for the De La Salle Green Archers in 1982.[2]

After his stint with the amateur Northern Cement national training pool then owned by Eduardo Cojuangco and De La Salle Green Archers, he moved on to play professional basketball in the Philippine Basketball Association, where he became the first-ever Filipino-American to play as a 'local' in the PBA. Brown was the 1983 Philippine Basketball Association Rookie of the Year and 1985 Philippine Basketball Association Most Valuable Player. He was also in the Philippine Basketball Association Mythical Five in 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, and 1988. He played for the Great Taste Coffee Makers and the San Miguel Beermen, where he won a total of 7 championships during his PBA career. His ability to evade his defenders and score as well as pin point assists made him one of the best point guards in the Philippine Basketball Association. His monikers then were "The Quick Brown Fox" and "Mister Fourth Qwerty". He holds the All-time PBA career scoring average (23.1 ppg) and PBA All-time Best Assist Average (7.3 per game).

Ricky also made a movie with the great comedian, Dolphy, in 1987 titled 'Action Is Missing: Crack Platoon', which previewed in the 1987 Manila Film Festival. In 2000, Brown was named a member of the PBA's 25 Greatest Players. In October 2009, Ricky was inducted into the PBA Hall of Fame along with former teammates Allan Caidic, Samboy Lim, and Hector Calma.

The year of San Miguel's Grand Slam—3 championships in the same year—Ricky was an integral member of a powerhouse starting five on a San Miguel team that included Hall of Famers Hector Calma, Samboy Lim, and Ramon Fernandez. Many feel this was one of the greatest teams put together in Philippine basketball history.[citation needed]

Brown is now the Principal of Ross Middle School in Artesia, California,[1] and is the first ever Filipino-American Principal to be named in the prestigious ABC Unified School District. Ricky's Mother, the former Connie Vidal, is from Santa Cruz, Manila. Ricky is married to the former Lorma Sahagun, a Filipina from Ilocos Norte, and has two sons, Justin and Kevan. Kevan was born in Cardinal Santos Hospital in San Juan, Greenhills, an affluent suburb of Metro Manila.

He founded the Quick Brown Fox is Ricardo Brown Institute of Typing circa 1984 (closed 1999 at the advent of personal computers in the Philippines)