MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- The specific details of the conversation are no longer clear to Deniz Kilicli, although he does remember the moment and the message.
West Virginia was battling Kansas State in overtime last week and Kilicli highlighted a stop in play when he grabbed freshman teammate Aaron Brown by the head and pulled Brown's face close to his.
"I don't remember what I said, but I said a lot of stuff," Kilicli said. "I know I told him we needed him."
Brown responded with a momentous 3-pointer, another basket and two free throws, plus two rebounds, as the Mountaineers won in two overtimes. It was the biggest moment of Brown's still young career and came a day after teammate Truck Bryant all but begged for it.
Through the season's first six games, WVU was getting very little out of that wing position on the floor, where Keaton Miles was starting and Brown and freshman Tommie McCune were trying to make something from their minutes off the bench.
"We need something from somebody," Bryant said. "Whether it's Aaron Brown, Keaton Miles or Tommie McCune, we need something from one of them. It's just going to have to happen. One of them has to step up in order for us to be a good team."
Brown's performance in Wichita, Kan., positioned him for a larger opportunity the next game. He was no better, but no worse, either.
Brown had seven points, five coming on back-to-back shots in the run that put away Miami (Fla.) early in the second half.
He didn't try to do too much and instead did just enough.
"Aaron is our consistent sixth man off the bench," WVU senior forward Kevin Jones said. "He provides us so much with his energy and with his scoring, He's real aggressive-minded and we need him to keep going that way. He's a real good shooter. We need him to keep all of that going."
After the conference with Kilicli, Brown is 6-for-10 from the floor, 3-for-6 from 3-point range and 2-for-2 at the free throw line. He played 23 minutes against Kansas Sate and then 28 against Miami.
He looks to keep it going this weekend when WVU (6-2) begins play in the Las Vegas Classic.
The Mountaineers host Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (1-5) at 2 p.m. Saturday at the WVU Coliseum and then Tennessee Tech (5-4) at 7 p.m. Monday.
In Las Vegas, WVU plays Missouri State on Dec. 22 and sixth-ranked Baylor the following night.
"There's never any pressure," said the 6-foot-5 Brown, from Darby, Pa.
"I'm a player, just like everyone else. I work on my game. I know what I'm capable of doing. There's never any pressure on me when I'm in the game."