Coppell’s Naz Brown had the No. 1 play on ESPN’s SportsCenter on Tuesday night after making a full-court buzzer-beater to beat Denton Guyer 66-63.
Guyer had a chance to win it, but a layup came up short, and Brown grabbed the ball, took one dribble and then heaved it the length of the court. He swished the shot and was mobbed by his teammates.
“Total shock. He was 80 feet from the basket, and the clock was running off, and he just threw one up and it went in. It was kind of a one in a million shot,” Coppell coach Clint Schnell said. “I made a comment to him in the locker room. I said, ‘I bet you couldn’t go out there and do that again if you stayed up here all week.’ “
Brown tore his ACL last March and had surgery the first week of April. He rehabbed so he could play his senior year, and he has played in all but two games this season.
“I think the fact that he was able to come back in roughly seven months shows how determined he was to get back and get cleared by a doctor and get back to as full strength as he could, not wanting to miss any of the season,” Schnell said. “It shows a lot of character in him, a lot of commitment in him to get that done.
“To have him back going into his senior year and being a big part of our program, the guys really look to him for leadership. That’s an inspiration to them, how important this is and how much it means to him and how much it should mean to them.”
Brown scored 17 points Tuesday as Coppell (5-4) stopped a three-game losing streak. Stanford signee Ryan Agarwal led Coppell with 24 points, while UNLV signee KyeRon Lindsay scored a team-high 20 for Guyer.
Coppell has had some big wins early in the season, defeating Amarillo (ranked No. 3 in the state in 5A) and Plano John Paul II (ranked No. 2 in the state among large private schools).