North State Hoopster Brody Angley Travels the World
By Kerri Regan
Journey OnOctober 2014
By Kerri Regan
“ENJOY THE JOURNEY.”
This father-to-son advice has evolved into a life philosophy for former North State athlete Brody Angley. Since graduating from Enterprise High School in 2004, the 5’11” point guard has played basketball on teams in 13 countries, including Mexico, Switzerland and Poland. Along the way, he’s accumulated a lengthy list of accolades, including top point guard in Latin America, and his teams have consistently won league championships.
He continues to maintain a sizeable fan base in the North State, from family and friends to former teammates and coaches – and a contingent of them can’t wait to make the trek to Sacramento to see Angley’s new team, the Maccabi Bazan Haifa Basketball Club of Israel, take on the Sacramento Kings on Oct. 18 at Sleep Train Arena.
“He’s the best athlete I’ve had in 22 years of coaching,” said Enterprise High School Athletic Director Mike Worley, who described Angley as a humble and inspirational workhorse with an impeccable work ethic. “I would do anything for Brody.”
At Enterprise, Angley was a four-time league MVP, two-time section MVP and all-state selection who led his team to four basketball section championships and two state semifinal appearances. He still holds the school record for career points (1,873).
When he wasn’t lighting up the scoreboard on the basketball court, he was tearing up the football field — he set a Northern Section career rushing record with 4,748 yards as a running back, and he still holds the section’s records for most career points (533) and touchdowns (75), according to MaxPreps’ Senior Writer Kevin Askeland.
Though Angley enjoyed record-setting success on the football field, basketball was always his favorite sport. “I probably started playing competitively in the second grade,” he says. “Although I enjoyed playing other sports and still do, basketball has always been my first love.”
After graduating from high school, Angley played for Santa Clara University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in economics in 2008. He was part of the West Coast Conference’s all-conference first team (he was honorable mention as a junior, and made the West Coast
Conference’s all-freshman team).
“I never thought I would have an opportunity to continue playing,” he says. “After I graduated from Santa Clara, I was contacted by a few agencies and thought it would be a great experience. Before I made that decision, I never would have thought playing would have taken me to 19 different countries … I try to embrace the experience and immerse myself in the culture as best I can, because living conditions vary by country.”
Even as a teenager, Angley was known as a tenacious, humble and level-headed athlete who was cool under pressure. “Choices, morals and values, people, environment, mannerisms, differences — there are endless variables that can affect you or those around you, so I make an effort to see the big picture and to keep an open mind about things,” he says.
That includes staying in touch with his roots. When he’s home, he stops by Enterprise High to work out. “I usually run into old coaches there and catch up with them,” he says. “I wish I was better at staying in contact because I have always felt I can turn to any of my old coaches for advice, and a lot of their coaching I still use today.”
And his blood is still Hornet black and gold. Among his alma mater’s universal mottos to which he still adheres: “We, not me.” “No excuses, no messengers, no sympathy groups.” “Not too high on the highs, not too low on the lows.” “You have an obligation to the past and responsibility to the future.” Thirteen years after graduation, he still has a list that coach Clay Erro asked players to compile of five things they want to do better in life.
He’s an intensely loyal family guy who enjoys time with girlfriend Alicia Schmidt and dog Rvca. When he’s home, he’s likely spending time with his mom, Angelina; older sister, Rochelle; younger sister, Robyn Johnson and her husband Lucas; and nephew, Taylor Angley- Holman, an accomplished former Enterprise High School athlete in his own right.
Still at the center of his heart is his father, Jamie, who died of cancer in 2007. “My dad has always been my inspiration. He has always been the man I wish and will always strive to be,” he says.
And heeding his dad’s evergreen advice, Angley continues to enjoy the journey.