The Arnold Marlins boys basketball program is under new leadership this season for the first time in nearly a decade. There's not just new faces on the sideline though- there's also a new face on the court, that of Cameron Britton. Last season, Cameron donned orange and green, averaging just over seven points per game for the Mosley Dolphins. Fast forward a year, and Cameron sports Marlin blue, contributing nearly 16 points and five rebounds per game for Arnold High School.
"I think that everybody likes that I'm here, and I bring a big spark to this team," says Cameron. "I think everybody likes it."
Arnold's new coach seems to like that spark too- but it's not something he's unfamiliar with, as coach and player, are brothers.
"He's just a great kid," says head coach, and older brother, Bobby Britton. "I think the good thing about having a personal relationship is the fact that when the game's over he can always look back and review himself because brothers are going over and watching the tapes and he's just getting better and better everyday."
"We just have this relationship going on and we grow on the court," says Cameron. "It keeps me focused, and I'm good in school. I think it's the best."
It's school that prompted Cameron to follow his big brother in becoming a Marlin- as the senior guard balances a 3.79 GPA in Arnold's Collegiate Studies program.
"All of my younger kids love Cameron," laughs Coach Britton. "They always say, man Cameron's so smart in the classroom, Cameron's so good on the basketball court, so they really just look up to him, and that's all I ask from him."
"I wake up pretty early, try to get in the gym," says Cameron. "Studying comes after practice usually, but late nights usually, early mornings."
All that studying has paid off- as Cameron will graduate as a Junior in college this spring. But both little and big brother know it wouldn't be possible without each other.
"He keeps me straight, makes sure I'm in class, and have all my assignments," says Cameron. "They try to say he's my dad or something like that, but when it all comes down to it, I'm the bigger one."
"Sometimes frustrations build up, because he knows what I expect, but at the same time, he's been a real good, yes sir, okay type guy," says Coach Britton. "We really don't let personal things get it our way. It's been a great impact to have him, especially for me, him being so close to me."
The brothers and the Marlins look to even out their district record on Tuesday when they play Rutherford. As far as college goes, Cameron says he wants to study Sports Medicine, and is still looking at a few NAIA and Division II schools to hoop at.