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Letter to the editor: Trent Brown bids farewell to Saluki Nation

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Trent Brown sits on the side of the court waiting to substitute in as the Salukis face the University of Evansville Purple Aces Feb. 25, 2024 at Ford Center in Evansville, Indiana. Lylee Gibbs | @lyleegibbsphoto

The hardwood at Banterra is where some of you may have heard my name. Others may not know me at all. This note, however, is still to you because you go to school here, serve in the restaurants, greet patients at the doctors’ offices, check out customers at the grocery store, etc. And no matter your job, you seem to share a pride in this community. I felt that pride during my first visit, and as I’ve worn Southern Illinois across my chest the past five years, it was all of you who gave me my purpose. It was also all of you who kept me from driving away (a couple times) after packing up my car with all my belongings- yep…stuff gets tough for all of us sometimes…but again, thanks to you- I stayed.

 

Being a blip in the history of this basketball program is something I could not have imagined would mean as much as it does. It gave me the strength to overcome every workout and endure every challenge set forth against me. This university has shaped me to be so much more than just a kid who plays basketball. I used to believe that was my only identity, but I soon realized that was not my most important role here. I wanted to be the best teammate, friend, brother, person and student I could be. This place gave me that chance to grow, and I hope long after I leave some of those words may be how I am remembered.

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It truly has been quite the journey. I moved into my dorm room for summer training one month after learning this school existed. I was 18. I’m leaving five years later at 23, and it was “the school” for me. For many, it may seem odd for someone to come all the way from Arizona just to throw a ball around for a few years in a small town, but it’s who I met along the way that made it worth it. There is no other place quite like it. I have always described it as a place that grows on you. It is somewhere that the longer you stay the more attached to it you feel. Those who don’t know won’t appreciate it, and those who know never need to say a word.

 

Before I end, I have to send a special thank you to my coaches for taking a chance on a scrawny kid from AZ and giving me the opportunity to experience this special college life I have lived. And to EVERY teammate…man, that’s another letter…I’ll just say you know I love you. They know it’s because of them, and the way this town brought me in, that I am no longer just a kid from Scottsdale, Arizona. I am also a guy from Carbondale, Illinois who does understand what it means to be a Saluki. It is the greatest decision I have ever made. So, now and forever…Go Dawgs!

 

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    Jennifer StanleyApr 24, 2024 at 3:14 pm

    Thanks for putting into words how so many of us who came to school here and stayed feel about Carbondale and SIU. Thanks for all the contributions you have made and please know that you will always be a part of our community and share a special place in our hearts. Best of luck in all you do!

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    Marlene VerdunApr 20, 2024 at 12:17 pm

    Thanks Trent for your five years in Saluki country! What a great guy to have worn a Saluki uniform! Thanks for all the kind words and wishing all the best life can offer you!! Stay strong and true to you beliefs! You will be very successful in life because you have the tools necessary to achieve your goals! Once a Saluki always a Saluki! Go Dawgs!!!❤️

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    Timothy NewstedApr 20, 2024 at 12:12 pm

    Trent: I watched you with great interest over the past few years because I have spent some time with the Brown family. I was the middle school track coach for your dad, Uncle Mike, and Uncle Matt. As I wished for them, I also wish for you, best of luck in all of your future endeavors. Go Saxons! ~Tim Newsted

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    CarolApr 20, 2024 at 8:30 am

    Thank you Trent. Your letter brought tears to my eyes. You have always represented SIU well and will be greatly missed both on and off the court. Best wishes to you in whatever life brings you.

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    Gary BookApr 18, 2024 at 2:57 pm

    Trent thanks for representing this school and all of it’s alumni with such class. Thanks for all the thrilling 3pointers. Best of luck in your post Saluki life. GO DAWGS!!!

    SIU 1970

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    Timothy FlowersApr 18, 2024 at 1:16 pm

    Thanks Trent it has been wonderful seeing the person you have become over the past 5 years. I have seen a attitude of leadership to your fellow player and the interaction with the community you’ve been apart of during this time. I wish you the best as you go through life journey.God’s speed and Go Dawgs.
    Timothy M. Flowers

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    MattApr 18, 2024 at 12:18 pm

    You wore it well. Congrats on a wonderful career!

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    Earl KranawetterApr 18, 2024 at 10:49 am

    Thank you Trent and best wishes on whatever life has in store for you!!

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    Calvin ChaseApr 17, 2024 at 12:45 pm

    Well said! Thank you for everything that you’ve done for our great university, Trent! We’re going to miss you on the hardwood!!

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