By John Strege
Apparently, putting the ball in the hole is a Spieth family trait.
We already know about Jordan Spieth, the PGA Tour rookie of the year last year, who already has three top 10s in seven starts this year. But how about younger brother Steven, a freshman basketball player at Brown University?
Steven scored 19 points and had a season-high 12 rebounds for Brown in its 76-67 Ivy League victory over Penn on Friday night. He made six straight free throws late in the game to seal the victory for the Bears. He made six of 12 field goal attempts and also had three assists and three steals.
"And a huge shoutout to @StevenSpieth on dropping 19 tonight in a win for @BrownBasketball on NBC," Jordan Spieth wrote on Twitter.
Steven has been the Ivy League's rookie of the week three times and is a leading candidate for the league's rookie-of-the-year award.
A 6-6 guard, Spieth is averaging eight points a game (with a high of 20), 5.6 rebounds, has a field goal percentage of .488, a free throw percentage of .842, and also is the Bears' best defensive player. He has started all 25 games for the Bears, who are 15-10.
"We recruited him to be an impact player, so we had high expectations," Brown coach Mike Martin told Dallas' Preston Hollow People newspaper. "He's probably exceeded those a little bit. He's a guy we rely on for a lot, both offensively and defensively. He's really intelligent as a basketball player. He usually makes the right decisions."
Steven, incidentally, does not get the Golf Channel in his dormitory room. When brother Jordan is in contention, he invites himself over to a teammate's house to watch.
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