It is rare that when asked about what a player needs to improve upon, a coach is rendered at a loss for words.
But Harvard coach Kathy Delaney-Smith struggles to pinpoint something that co-captain point guard Brogan Berry needs to work on.
“I think Brogan has a complete game,” Delaney-Smith says.
The coach gushes about Berry’s unique and diverse skill set, complimenting her two-dribble pull-up jumper and ability to come off of screens as particular weapons of the three-time All-Ivy Leaguer.
Brogan Berry’s game is as unique as her name. She is undersized but has an unrivaled ability to get to the basket and is a powerful finisher.
Yet unlike most scorers, Berry has a knack for finding open teammates. While she led the team with 13.9 points per game, she also paced the Crimson with an average of 4.6 assists per contest.
“She’s the ultimate point guard,” Delaney-Smith says. “She has a very high court IQ, [and] she makes great decisions. She takes it to the hole. She can pull up. She can shoot the three. She’s a great passer. She finds balance in all of that.”
Berry came to Harvard with enough talent to earn her Ivy League Rookie of the Year honors, but she hasn’t rested on her laurels.
“I think I’ve definitely taken every year to learn from my teammates and coaches, and I try to get better every year, whether it’s going over film or going over plays with my younger teammates,” Brogan says. “I try to learn from everyone’s strengths.”
Berry spends countless individual hours perfecting her game and works religiously on the most critical fundamentals of basketball: shooting, dribbling, and passing.
She is also a student of the game. Berry has attended a camp called “Point Guard College,” which features on the court work coupled with class sessions, over the past few summers.
“Going to camps like that, reading books, and just attending a lot of games allows you to develop your game in a different way that you don’t have time to during the season,” she remarks.
Coming into this fall, Berry has focused on the leadership that she will need in order to guide a team that features five freshmen, along with a strong group of returning talent.
“This year comes down to me being an overall leader on the team,” she says. “Whether it’s being a leader by example in practice or games, or being a leader through my communication, or being able to take every individual’s weaknesses and strengths and apply it to our team goal. Everyone looks up to somebody, and that’s a big responsibility, but it’s a role I’m glad to take on.”
Berry’s role as a leader is one that Delaney-Smith feels goes hand-in-hand with her position. She stepped into the starting point guard role as a freshman, and has been looked to as a leader ever since, Delaney-Smith says.