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Sports Star Athlete

| Thursday, Dec. 27, 2001

David Brim

  • School: Vincentian

  • Sport: Basketball

  • Position: Guard

  • Height, weight: 6-foot-2, 170 pounds

  • Class: Senior

  • Notable: Brim scored a combined 87 points in three games last week for the Royals (6-3), one of the top teams in WPIAL Class A. He followed a 32-point performance in a 72-63 win over Sewickley Academy on Dec. 18 with a career-high 37 points {ed} including 20 in the third quarter {ed} in an 88-62 victory over Quigley on Dec. 21, then scored 18 points in a 77-41 loss to Class AAAA Chartiers Valley. "I don't really think about scoring," Brim said. "I know I have to score for us to win. I treat it like it's just another game." For his effort, Brim is a Pittsburgh Tribune-Review/Fox 53 Sportstar. He will receive a plaque from the Pittsburgh Trophy Co. and will be featured tonight on Fox 53's 10 o'clock news. Toyota will present Vincentian with $100.

  • Scoring threat: Brim was one of several Vincentian players to average 14 points or more last season, when the Royals advanced to the WPIAL Class A championship game. With the graduation of David DiGioia, Brian Werner and Ryan Quinn, Vincentian coach Buzz Gabos expected Brim to take a greater scoring role in the offense. He hasn't disappointed, even though Vicentian has played bigger schools. Brim had 30 points against Carlynton (AA) and 23 against Quaker Valley (AA) and Shaler (AAAA), and he is averaging more than 24 points per game this season. "What's nice is that it's coming in the context of the offense," Gabos said. "It's not something we're forcing." Brim also is an excellent free-throw shooter and dabbles at point guard in late-game situations so that opponents have to foul him. He made 20 of 22 foul shots in the wins over Quigley and Sewickley Academy.

  • Screen test: One of Brim's strengths, Gabos said, is his ability to read screens and find an open look at the basket. The Royals regularly ran stacked sets against Quigley, where Brim came off double picks to find an open shot from the perimeter. "David does a nice job of reading screens, as good of a job as anybody I've coached," Gabos said. "He's a very, very good outside shooter. What we've been working on is him cutting to the basket. We don't want a one-dimensional player. And he has an outstanding work ethic. He puts a lot of time in the gym."

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