Brandon’s beliefs: Writing basketball comes full circle

Brandon has been in sports journalism since 2017, with a background in covering the Cleveland Browns, high school basketball and other sports.
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Cleveland has an interesting niche of fans throughout. I may have a bit of a biased view from being so close to the area all my life, but I truly believe Cleveland has some of the best fanatics. I can’t think of another city that would make 0-16 into a positive by pulling together a parade bringing together a bunch of the crazies’.

I’ve developed my following thanks to many of these people, who never miss a beat of news, specifically the Cleveland Browns. My favorite sports memory is that many folks will share the same thought, the 2016 NBA Finals win for the Cleveland Cavaliers. The city had done much losing, with very few bright spots up until that point. If that’s the only championship the city ever sees, it’ll be enough. 

I’m excited to join Right Down Euclid to be able to put together some Cavs’ writing finally. I’m glad to join an independent outlet like Right Down Euclid. More local-focused pieces from people who actually have a local connection, it doesn’t get much better than that. Many national outlets do a great job, but to our benefit, none of them can relate, like those who know the area and the history. 

I hope to dive in on topics the bigger outlets don’t cover. You can find a game breakdown, post-game presser breakdown, and news anywhere your turn. But true thoughts and analyses that aren’t handed down as assignments by the higher-ups are getting harder and harder to find. I’m speaking of the pieces where writers can connect with the readers. That’s what has led me to Right Down Euclid. I wanted to write more creatively — to grow as a writer — and to connect more with people like you that’s reading this. 

In the past, I’ve covered the Cleveland Browns with Browns Digest for the last four years. During the majority of that time, I’ve also served as a local reporter at a newspaper in my town. Both will end as I’ve accepted a job to cover the NFL full-time, I’ll have more on that soon on Twitter. 

Before that, my love for basketball grew when I was a scout for Prep Hoops Ohio. This is where I believe my journalism career began. Since then, most of my work has been with the Sports Illustrated Media Group. I’ve always enjoyed the game of basketball and I always will. Since I left Prep Hoops back in 2020, I’ve been looking to fill a void to be able to write basketball in some way. I believe I have found that here with Right Down Euclid. 

When I saw Evan was looking for some contributors, I instantly saw it as an opportunity to write some Cavaliers-centered content potentially. When I was brought on, I saw the picture. Most of my content likely won’t start till closer to the season — when that time comes along — I couldn’t be more excited about writing it in a place built from the ground up. 

Brandon has been in sports journalism since 2017, with a background in covering the Cleveland Browns, high school basketball and other sports. He currently covers the NFL full-time but is excited to be covering the Cleveland Cavaliers for Right Down Euclid.

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