When Anders Broman’s roommate doesn’t clear away his dirty dishes, Broman doesn’t leave a passive aggressive note behind. No, he directly confronts the offender.
Living together doesn’t always mean perfect harmony for Anders Broman and his younger sibling, Bjorn. But the two very nearly achieve that on the basketball court for the Winthrop Eagles. The Broman brothers, the Nos. 1 and 2 all-time leading scorers in Minnesota high school basketball history, are one of the 31 sets of brothers that play on the same Division I college basketball teams this season.
Winthrop faces Campbell on the road Saturday, Dec. 6 at 2 p.m. The Eagles have beaten Campbell four straight times, including last season’s Big South Conference tournament final in Rock Hill. The Camels are 0-2 in Big South play.
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The Bromans have been key contributors the last two seasons for the Eagles, but their roles have grown considerably in 2017-18. Anders has stepped up his scoring to 13.4 points per contest, while Bjorn, previously a table-setting, pass-first point guard, has also elevated his scoring output, hitting seven 3’s and pumping in a career-high 29 points in Wednesday’s loss to Radford. Nearly every game, the brothers are Winthrop’s highest graded defenders.
Pat Kelsey recruited Bjorn first, signing the 6-foot tall Parade All-American out of tiny Lakeview Christian Academy in Duluth. Anders, two years older than Bjorn, came the following year, transferring from South Dakota State. Of the 31 pairs of brothers that play on the same college basketball teams this season, 11 of them include a brother that transferred to the same school where the other brother already played. Anders wasn’t surprised to learn that.
“It’s just something so special to be able to play with your brother,” he said. “To be able to experience college basketball with someone you grew up with and you love and you’re with all the time, to be able to experience that with him is really special.”
When Bjorn learned his older brother was leaving South Dakota State, he thought “why not?” He began recruiting him to Winthrop.
“You don’t really expect it to happen,” said Anders. “When I was leaving I was thinking ‘oh, that’d be fun,’ but kind of laughed it off.”
But then it happened. And it’s gone well. On the court.
The brothers live with seniors Mitch Hill and Matt Erps in an off-campus house. Anders is known as the house dad because he’s the one that will call out the others when they’re living like slobs.
“Me and Mitch add the fun to the house,” said Bjorn on Wednesday. “Anders, if you don’t take out the garbage you’re gonna get yelled at. He’s gonna get a stern voice with you. We all have our roles in the house.”
“I have to be like that,” Anders interjects.
All that’s missing is a mom yelling “knock it off!” from downstairs.
The Bromans spend a lot of time together in Rock Hill. They do offseason workouts in the summer together, their competitive natures driving each other. But that can be a negative during the season when they’re trying to keep their relationship positive. And Anders is a morning person and Bjorn is a night owl. Thus, most of their lengthy shooting workouts occur solo.
But they lean on each other heavily in other ways. Both are as competitive as their coach, and they spent the ride home from the Radford loss -- and a few hours beyond that -- dissecting what went wrong. Neither is very big or athletic so they help each other with tips, observations or tricks that help them defend taller or faster players, often during the heat of a game in a timeout or while a free throw is being shot.
“We know each other so well, it’s kind of scary,” said Bjorn. “We know if something’s off, if something’s on, how to help each other. We’re always trying to make the other person better, whether that’s on the court or last night, staying up a couple extra hours. Just trying to figure things out and make the most of it.”
Check out this interactive map showing where all of the Division I college basketball brother sets are playing in 2017-18:
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D-I college basketball brothers facts
▪ There are 31 sets of brothers playing Division I college basketball, including seven sets of twins.
▪ Quinnipiac, located in Hamden, Conn. and playing in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, has two sets of brothers. The other 29 sets of brothers play and study at different schools.
▪ Five of the 31 pairs of brothers play under their dad as an assistant or head coach.
▪ Texas A&M-Corpus Christi’s Deion and Sean Rhea are the youngest pair of brothers (class-wise), both true freshmen. Milwaukee redshirt seniors Alex and Brett Prahl are the oldest. Both the Prahls and Rheas are identical twins.
▪ Idaho brothers Nate and Chad Sherwood have the largest height difference of the 31 sets of brothers. Nate is firmly a post player at 6-foot-8, while his older brother Chad is six inches shorter.
▪ Nevada’s Caleb and Cody Martin are the highest scoring pair of brothers playing on the same team, averaging 16.2 points between them, led by Caleb’s 19 per outing. Oregon State’s Stephen and Ethan Thompson, Mississippi State’s Quinndary and Nick Weatherspoon, Old Dominion’s Brandan and B.J. Stith and Winthrop’s Anders and Bjorn Broman all score in double figures.
▪ Of the 31 pairs of brothers, 11 pairs had one of the siblings transfer to the school his brother was already attending.
▪ It’d be tough to name the best-ever pair of college basketball brothers that played on the same team, but UCLA’s Charles and Ed O’Bannon would be tough to top. The duo were standout members of the Bruins’ 1994-95 national championship team, with Ed earning Most Outstanding Player of the NCAA Tournament. DePaul’s George and Ed Mikan, a towering pair that dominated college basketball way back in the 1940s, Stanford’s Brook and Robin Lopez, Kansas’ Marcus and Markieff Morris, and Indiana’s Dick and Tom Van Arsdale (mid-1960s) would be other strong suggestions.
▪ There are numerous other brothers in college basketball playing on different teams this season. Easily the best offensive pair is Marquette’s Markus Howard and Central Arkansas’ Jordan Howard. Markus is averaging 22.1 points per game and dropped 52 points on Providence Wednesday night. The 5-foot-11 sophomore has made all 45 of his free throw attempts this season. Jordan, a 5-foot-11 senior, scores 23.7 per game and already has three outings of 30 points or more this season.
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