May 13, 2009
RUSTON -- Louisiana Tech head coach Kerry Rupp announced Wednesday that Navarro College transfer and Texas Junior College Player of the Year DeAndre Brown will be a Bulldog in the 2009-10 season and will have two years of eligibility.
"DeAndre Brown is a very tough, talented point guard who has great court awareness and really knows how to run a team. His ability to penetrate the defense and make plays, along with his ability to stretch defenses by hitting the long three-point shot makes him a very key signee and the type of player that will come in and contribute right away for us", Rupp said. "DeAndre comes from an outstanding junior college program (Navarro Junior College) which has done an outstanding job of developing this young man both on and off the court. We are excited to continue the process with this young man here at Louisiana Tech."
Brown is a 5'11, 160 lbs. point guard from Ft. Worth who was named First Team NJCAA All-American and Texas JC Player of the Year this past season at Navarro. He was also Region XIV MVP and First Team All-Region XIV and was named Region XIV Tournament MVP. Brown averaged 17.5 points per game last season and led the Bulldogs to the Region XIV Title under head coach Johnny Estelle. In high school, he led his school to the Texas State Championship as a junior while starting at point guard.
"DeAndre was a pleasant young man to coach," Estelle said. "He was a great team player who took a lot of responsibility on, and he was a good leader on and off the floor. He really matured over this last year and showed everyone why he's been a winner his whole life. He's a big part of the reason we made it to the national tournament this year."
Estelle added that Brown is ready for Division I basketball because of his competitive and hard-working nature.
"He's a talented young man with a competitive heart," Estelle said. "He prides himself in being a winner and a team player. Those kinds of characteristics are going to lead him to be successful on the next level just like he was here these last two years."
"I would also like to compliment my staff's hard work and efforts, especially those of Coach Curtis Condie who was the point man in bringing DeAndre on board," Rupp added. "Again, everyone did an outstanding job in landing another outstanding recruit."