Mario Brown (abt 1951 - Oct 5, 2002), known as "Bro' Rap", was the first African-American men's basketball player at Texas A&M University.
Mario Brown attended Parker High School in Chicago, Illinois. As a senior, Brown was named the most valuable player of the school's basketball team and earned all-district honors. He was also president of the school's student council and played on the baseball team.
After graduating from high school, Brown played basketball for two years for Kennedy-King Junior College in Chicago.
Texas A&M University
Brown was recruited by Texas A&M coach Shelby Metcalf, who travelled to Chicago, Illinois to personally ask Brown to attend the school. Brown played for two seasons at A&M, starting in 51 games and averaging 14 points and 4.3 assists per game. In his first season, 1971–1972, Brown earned second team All-Southwest Conference honors, leading A&M with a 16.9 scoring average in conference play and helping the team to a 16-10 record. The following year, his senior year, Brown was selected as team co-captain, and averaged 13.4 points and 4 assists per game as the Aggies ranked second in the Southwest Conference and finished with a 17-9 record.
Brown was a very fast player with a great crossover dribble.
Brown died of lung cancer one month after his diagnosis in 2002. He was survived by his wife, Myrtle, and several children, including Nick Brown, a USA Junior National Champion in track and field who has had much success in track and field at the University of Illinois. Sergio Brown former standout Safety for the University of Notre Dame Football Team. Now a new member of the NFL Patriots. doi + "Sergio Brown Biography" Check
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