Basketball standouts pass away within hours
VarsitySportsNetwork.com joins the Baltimore City basketball community, as well as the families, in mourning the passing of Daveyon Barnes and Gerard Brown.
Barnes, 21, a former standout at Mount St. Joseph, was struck and killed by a car Saturday in Owings Mills. His passing was reported on Mount St. Joseph’s basketball Twitter account.
Barnes was a key reserve on the Gaels’ Baltimore Catholic League title squads in 2012 and 2013, before leading the Southwest Baltimore school to the MIAA A Conference crown in 2014. He played two seasons at Division II Adelphi in New York.
Brown, a former standout at Douglass High and Loyola University, was killed by gunfire Friday evening in Baltimore City. Brown was 34.
Brown was an All-Met guard on the Ducks’ 28-0 Baltimore City and Class 3A state championship squad in 2002. It was the first perfect season by a Baltimore City program since Dunbar’s 29-0 mythical national season of 1991-92.
Brown teamed with Joey Dorsey, who eventually played in the NBA after helping Memphis University to the NCAA men’s national title game in 2008, and All-Met Player of the Year Tyler Smith at the West Baltimore school. Brown played two seasons at Providence before returning home to Loyola where he averaged more than 20 points in two seasons for then-coach Jimmy Patsos.
Patsos, like many of Brown’s friends, are devastated by his tragic passing.
“I’ll be missing you! I just played puff daddy and faith evans…im so sad,” Patsos said on Twitter, displaying a picture of him, Brown and St. Frances Academy coach Nick Myles. “Great player but even better human being.”
Former Randallstown star and current Tennessee men’s basketball assistant Kim English said on Twitter: “A true Baltimore legend. Awful news to wake up to. Tough, smooth, funny, bucket. Whenever ppl asked me who were my favorite players growing up, I never hesitated… Carmelo, Marcus Hatten, Juan Dixon and Gerald Brown. Love you forever big bro.”
The passing of Barnes and Brown comes more than a week after passing of former Edmondson football standout David Mackall.
Mackall, who helped Edmondson to the Class 2A state title in 2006 and played two seasons at the University of Maryland, was killed by gunfire May 30.