A Fort Smith native, Ron Brewer was an all-state basketball performer at Northside High School, leading his team to an undefeated season in 1974. He went on to an outstanding career at the University of Arkansas and was known nationally as one of the Famed Triplets, alongside Sidney Moncrief and Marvin Delph. He was considered one of the best overall college players during the late 1970s. Brewer was an All-Southwest Conference performer in 1977 and 1978. He earned All-America honors in both 1977 and 1978. Brewer scored 1,440 points as a Razorback averaging 15.8 points per game for his collegiate career. In his senior season, he scored 647 points in 36 games for an 18.0 points per game average. As a Razorback, he helped lead Arkansas to a combined 77 victories, two SWC championships, one SWC Tournament title, and a trip to the 1978 Final Four. Brewer was a first-round selection (No. 7 overall) by Portland in the 1978 NBA Draft. He played eight seasons in the NBA including with Portland, San Antonio, Cleveland, Golden State, New Jersey, and Chicago. He averaged 11.9 points per game in his NBA career. Brewer was elected to the University of Arkansas Sports Hall of Honor in 1993. The following year (1994), he was inducted into the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame.