Brown twins look forward to reuniting at basketball scrimmage

When young men are identical twins, at some point in their lives they have to establish their own identities and get away from the living mirror image, which has come to define their existence.

If they wanted to, Georgia State senior guard Daniel Brown and Clark Atlanta senior guard David Brown could have tried to play on the same college basketball team, wearing the same uniforms and playing on the same court.

But basketball forced the Brown brothers apart and in turn, helped them grow as men and players.

Daniel and David Brown will reunite on the court Thursday night when Georgia State plays host to Clark Atlanta in a scrimmage at the Georgia State Sports Arena.

Daniel knows that at some point during the scrimmage he will guard David.

“We play the same position, and we’re the same height,” Daniel said.

And after years of playing against each other, both twins know what to expect.

“He’s more of a slasher to the basket,” David said. “I’m more of a shooter.”

Daniel said the brothers are mirror images on the court. The result should make for a fierce, friendly competition when the twins face against each other. They expect to have plenty of family and friends at the scrimmage.

The Brown brothers have played on the same team for most of their lives. They played on the same recreational church-league team and were on the basketball team at Mundy’s Mill High School.

Then, college recruiting sent them their separate ways. Daniel was recruited by Morehouse and played one season for the Maroon Tigers. David played at Atlanta Metropolitan College.

Daniel left Morehouse after one season and joined David at Atlanta Metropolitan for their sophomore seasons. When their junior-college eligibility expired, the twins separated to use the remainder of their college eligibility.

David was heavily recruited by Clark Atlanta and decided to help the Panthers' rebuilding basketball program.

Daniel received heavy interest from three other universities before deciding to walk on at Georgia State, where his older brother, Marcus, was a star player.

“I just thought the better place for me was Georgia State,” Daniel said. “It gave me a chance to stay closer to home.”

Each Brown brother is pleased with his decision.

David was one of the top players on a Clark Atlanta team that lost to Tuskegee in the SIAC finals last season, and Clark Atlanta is one of the favorites to return to the championship game this season.

“We all talk pretty often as a team about the Tuskegee loss,” David said. “There aren’t too many times when I don’t think about it now.”

Daniel has a chance to get plenty of playing time at Georgia State, which lost six of its top seven players from a team that went 12-20, 5-13 in the Colonial Athletic Association last season.

“Walking on at Georgia State has been a good experience,” Daniel said. “The chemistry is really building on the team.”

Being apart hasn’t affected the close bond that the twins have. They still hang out as much as they can and go to each others’ games whenever possible.

“We’re extremely close, and we’re best friends,” Daniel said.

Splitting up wasn’t something that the brothers originally planned, but the move has worked out for the both of them.

“We just both had different options,” Daniel said.