Pictured here is Brian Earl: The smartest point guard in organized basketball history. Earl played in every minute of 34 college games in the backcourt for the Princeton Tigers and was the point man in more winning games than any other player in Princeton or Ivy League history. Playing in a league of smart kid schools, Earl was the most dominant player in the Ivy of his time. He finished 1st all-time in 3-Point-Shooting, 5th in scoring, 6th in assists and 7th in steals and took home the Ivy League Player of the Year in 1998-1999.
He had decent help though, Princeton’s coach for 3 of Earl’s 4-years was Bill Carmody guided his non-scholarship squad to a 26-9 record against teams that offered scholarships during that time. The Tigers went 27-2 and were ranked as high as #7, with big wins over Georgetown, Wake Forrest, UNLV and Rutgers during Earl’s junior year in 1997-98. Earl was the backbone, an Ivy League standout of national fame with a game every million dollar banker or oil man could safely tell their sons to model after while they’re busy robbing the middle class. However as many 6’2 college guards come to know, size and speed are the substance of the next level.
On the pro side of things, Earl was less lucky. Drafted into the USBL by the old-Atlantic City Seaguls, Earl played in the little-known EBA with the Harrisburg Horizon. There he allegedly helped the team win the league title before signing to play professionally in the UK. In mid-season, his club, the Manchester Jets folded and Earl has been off the radar ever since.