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High expectations for basketball’s Tammy Sutton-Brown

The Story

Tammy Sutton-Brown is about to go where few Canadian basketball players, men or women, ever get to go: a major U.S. university squad. The 19-year-old from Markham explains that schools have been calling her with scholarship offers and she's feeling the pressure. "It's a big transition going from high school to university just in general, academic-wise," she says. "But to play basketball at the same time (is) going to be really hard." Sutton-Brown has the added burden of expectation. As shown in this 1997 CBC-TV report from CBC Evening News, she's already been on the cover of magazines that tout her as a player to watch.

Medium: Television
Program: CBC Evening News
Broadcast Date: April 18, 1997
Guests: Ro Russell, Tammy Sutton-Brown
Reporter: Debbie Lightle Quan
Duration: 1:16

Did You know?

• Tammy Sutton-Brown was born Jan. 27, 1978 in the Toronto suburb of Markham, where she was raised.

• Sutton-Brown was selected 18th overall by the Charlotte Sting in the 2001 WNBA draft. As of the end of the 2009 WNBA season (October 2009), she had spent nine seasons in the league. The first six were with the Sting and after they folded in 2007 she transferred to the Indiana Fever. In 287 games, she averaged 10.1 points and 5.7 rebounds per game. Sutton-Brown was a WNBA all-star in 2002 and 2007. Her website lists her as "one of only six players in league history to have scored 2,000 career points while tallying 300 career blocks."

• In 2009, Sutton-Brown helped Indiana to its first WNBA Finals appearance, where the Fever lost three games to two to the Phoenix Mercury.

• At Rutgers, Sutton-Brown led the Scarlet Knights to its first Women's Final Four appearance in 2000.

• In the 1990s, Sutton-Brown led Markham District High School to the Regional Basketball Championship for four consecutive years.

• Although this 1997 report lists her as 6'5", on her website Sutton-Brown lists her height as 6'3" and the WNBA site lists her as 6'4".

• Sutton-Brown runs her own charity, called the Tammy Sutton-Brown Foundation. The foundation is "committed to increasing self-improvement behavior and promoting the holistic development of females through empowerment, thereby resulting in productive contributors to self and society."

• Sutton-Brown also runs a basketball camp.




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