Brown Named to SEC Community Service Team
South Carolina Athletics
Graduate transfer led team in community service hours in first and only season on campus
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Graduate transfer Hayden Brown was named to the SEC Community Service Team the league office announced on Thursday. In a continuing effort to recognize the accomplishments of student-athletes beyond the field of competition, the SEC once again highlighted a Community Service Team for men’s basketball for the 2022-23 season.
This marks the 25th year for the SEC Community Service Team for men’s basketball as well as for women’s basketball. All 21 league-sponsored sports have had a Community Service Team since 2004, with at-large teams for men’s and women’s sports being chosen from 1999-2003. The SEC began this concept with a football Community Service Team in 1994.
A native of Greer, S.C., Brown leads the team with 10 community service hours during the 2022-23 academic year. He made regular visits during the week to Prisma Health Children’s Hospital during the fall to serve as a mentor for patients. Brown participated in the Real Men Read campaign at local elementary schools to stress the importance of reading at a young age. He also took part in World Read Aloud Day at Riverbank Elementary. A graduate of The Citadel, Brown is also heavily involved with Riverland Hills Baptist Church in Irmo and took part in a Q&A focus group. Over the summer, he attended Black Mountain in North Carolina for a Fellowship of Christian Athletes retreat. He also was involved with The Ra’Shaud Graham Day of Caring in Lake City, which was a day of service in honor of his late friend.
On the court, Brown is one of three Gamecocks averaging double figures at 11.4 points per game. He’s third on the team averaging 4.9 rebounds per game and leads the team in steals (31) and steals per game (1.1). He’s scored in double figures 18 times this season (10 times in SEC action) and 82 times for his career. Brown had his first double-double (29th career) in Garnet and Black with 17 points and 10 rebounds in an overtime battle at Georgia (Jan. 28). He logged 18 points at Ole Miss (Feb. 11) and 16 points at LSU (Feb. 18) in consecutive road wins by South Carolina. Entering the team’s final regular season game, he’s scored 1,732 points for his career with 889 rebounds, 223 assists, 145 steals and 42 blocks.