Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Brown Has His Time in Spotlight Brunswick Mayor Names Day for Basketball Player

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Brown Has His Time in Spotlight Brunswick Mayor Names Day for Basketball Player

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Byline: Terry Dickson, Times-Union staff writer

BRUNSWICK -- Hundreds turned out in front of City Hall yesterday to honor the hometown hero who made NBA history before ever taking a shot.

Kwame Brown, the first high school player ever selected as the first pick in the National Basketball Association draft, returned the favor -- delighting the crowd with his sense of humor and exhortations to children to stay in school and work hard.

Mayor Brad Brown served as master of ceremonies for "Kwame Brown Day," presenting the graduate of Glynn Academy with a proclamation from the City Commission. Mayor Pro Tem Doris Atkinson Davis handed over a key to the city.

"Please touch me," she told Kwame Brown, fulfilling a request from her granddaughter.

Brown, 19, was selected last week as the No. 1 pick by the Washington Wizards.

Longshoremen took breaks from loading ships yesterday and walked over to City Hall. Many of the city's public works employees also found a need to be in the area.

Others walked over from banks, law offices and other businesses to catch a glimpse of the 6-foot-11 basketball star.

The most admiring group might have been the children amazed at Brown's height. Some members of a Head Start summer program had a fuzzy idea of why Brown was being honored.

Asked if they knew him, 5-year-old Dazjha Wilcox spoke up. "Kwame Brown," she said, "He plays basketball."

"And sings," 4-year-old Walter Jones added.

Jessica Muchison, 15, of Illinois, picked a good time to visit her grandmother in Brunswick.

A tennis player herself, Jessica said she admires Venus Williams, but she hoped to get Brown's autograph to show her friends back home.

One of the few people who could look at Brown eye-to-eye was 6-year-old Brice Huettner, who sat on his father Kerry Huettner's shoulders above the crowd.

Kerry Huettner, a Glynn Academy graduate, said he canceled a trip to Jacksonville to attend Kwame Brown Day.

"He's a class act too, all the way around. …

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