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March 3, 2009 at 4:09 PM

SU coach Callero: “Brockman reminds me of Mark Madsen”

Jon Brockman sometimes draws comparison to former Enumclaw High standout Brian Scalabrine.
Seattle University coach Joe Callero, who coached Scalabrine at Highline Community College and USC, said the Husky All-America candidate reminds him of another former Pac-10 star: Mark Madsen.
When asked about Brockman and Scalabrine, he said: “There’s some similarities in terms that they both have incredible heart, passion and dedication to the game of basketball. Scalabrine throughout his Pac-10 career, he developed a perimeter game and became a 4-man who’s a three-point specialist. He extends the defense, he has the NBA range on his three-pointer. He can shoot and that’s what’s enabled him to have an 8-9 year NBA career.
“Jon Brockman reminds me a lot more of Mark Madsen who was at Stanford during that time who was able to grind out baskets and extra possessions for Stanford.
“Scalabrine is more of a pick-and-a-pop player, an inside-out guy whereas Jon is a flat-out kick your butt inside guy.”
FORGOT TO POST, but caught up with Brockman yesterday and he talked about winning the Pac-10 Player of the Week award. In typical JB fashion, he downplayed the entire thing.
“It’s an honor,” he said. “I haven’t even really given it much thought. I got a text mail from my brother not too long ago telling me that I got it. I know there was a lot of guys that was deserving of it.”
I asked him if he felt last week’s games were his best performances of the season and he said: “I think number-wise it was my best back-to-back games, but the bigger thing is that was one of our best weekends as a team. Being able to produce for two high-level games.”
Finally, he talked about the season-long drought of Huskies not winning the award. He acknowledged it was odd considering the special year they were putting together and felt Justin Dentmon, Isaiah Thomas or Quincy Pondexter could have won it.
“There was a time I though Justin should have gotten it. When we were in Arizona, I thought for sure Justin was going to get it. We all thought he was really deserving of it. There’s been weekends when Isaiah was deserving of it. Quincy has had big games.
“I think it’s also a great sign that when we thought somebody deserved it, it was never something that Justin was upset about not getting it. Isaiah wasn’t upset about not getting it. Quincy never thought he got robbed. It’s more the motto this year. It’s been the team instead of individual achievements.”

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