This week, as you probably know, was the beginning of March Madness/March Mayhem/NCAA Tournament. In case you don’t know, this is a tournament between the top college men’s basketball teams in the country. There are 64 teams who play each other until there is a winner.
There is a college called Winthrop University out of Rock Hill, South Carolina. This year, Winthrop made it into the NCAA tournament for the the first time in (I believe) ten years! The reason this is exciting for me is because my family knows two of the players; Anders and Bjorn Broman, who are brothers. Because we know them, we get to go to a lot of Winthrop’s home games.
There was a Selection Sunday watch party at the Winthrop Coliseum my family went to. Winthrop was the number 13 seed and was going to play against the number 4 seed.
Thursday, March 16th the Winthrop Eagles played the Butler Bulldogs in Milwaukee. They unfortunately lost by 12 points, but it was still a really good game to watch. It wouldn’t have been such a sad loss if it wasn’t the last time I’ll see the seniors (Keon Johnson, Tevin Prescott, Josh Davenport, Hunter Sadlon, and Roderick Perkins) play.
I’ve decided to draw all of the Winthrop players and then get it autographed! I have drawn 14 of the 16 players on the team, including red-shirted players. Here’s my progress so far!
For the last two days or so I’ve been really enjoying drawing portraits. I’ve also started enjoying watching basketball more and more in the last few months. The reason I’ve started liking basketball recently is because my Dad is friends with two members of the basketball team at Winthrop University; where my Mom is going to college to get a degree in psychology. The players on the team are Anders and Bjorn Broman; they used to live in Minnesota where my Dad is from. They can usually get us player seats (seats that are behind a basket and in the first few rows) at the home games. We have gone to practically every single one (probably 3-4 missed at the VERY most) and I have started to understand it a whole lot better. Therefore, when we couldn’t get tickets lastnight (Thursday night) we watched the game on ESPN. While we were watching I drew a portrait of Keon Johnson; the featured player that night. I finished it up this morning and I am SUPER happy with how it turned out.
Then today, @animalfreak9 told me to draw Bjorn Broman, and I did! I worked on it for at least an hour; possibly two. I’m a little less happy with how that one turned out, but my Dad guessed who it was right away, so it’s good enough!
My plan now is to draw all of the teammates of the basketball team and then mail then to Anders or Bjorn. I’ll try to remember not to sign it (I forgot with both Keon and Bjorn 🙁 ) and then enclose a riddle with it. They’ll have to figure out who it is 😀
Chances are they’ll never find out and I’ll just ask my Dad to tell them it was me. The only time I met the two was when Anders, Bjorn, their parents Jill and John, their sister Anna and her husband were over at our house for dinner. I served Anders and Bjorn cake and that was the extent of our contact so it’s quite possible they’ll never know.
Here are the pictures!
Keon Johnson Anders Bjorn Broman
Keon on the left/top, Bjorn is the other one.