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Athlete of the Week: Kalehl Brown


Pushed into a leadership role this year -- Cedar Falls senior Kalehl Brown has answered the call --

Cedar Falls head coach Tom Bardal says, "The best thing about Kalehl is his confidence. Every time he steps on the floor he thinks he's the best player out there."

Brown -- who's currently the leading scorer in the Mississippi Valley Conference -- picks up better than 16 points a game -- nearly doubling his average from a year ago --

But it's his double that he gives a lot for that -- Kalehl's twin brother Kalund leads the Tigers with 62 assists this season --

Kalehl says "It's awesome playing with him, because he knows me and where I'm going to be, so he's making really sweet passes out there, and it make it a lot easier for us and our team to score points."

Bardal says, "I would bet most of Kalehl's points, over 60% of them, come from brother in transition or down in the half court set."

With what's pretty much become their signature hair-cuts -- the Brown brothers aren't that hard to tell apart on the floor -- In a way -- Coach Tom Bardal almost wishes that weren't true --

Bardal: "I actually wanted them to keep them the same so that it'd be more difficult for other teams to figure out who is guarding who."

Kalehl: "I'm just looking to keep my hair the way it is. I like it right now."

But no matter how he looks -- Kalehl hopes to lead the 14 and 3 Tigers through a tough bracket to their first state tournament in 4 years -- but he's not worried about who they'll face -- he's more focused on his own team's performance --

Kalehl: "It's not really about who we play, just playing our game. Just going out there, playing hard, doing the little things, and execution, just working on getting better, playing our best basketball no matter who we have to play come tourney time."

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