According to the Spartanburg Herald-Journal, Jamaal Brown, a 6-7, 235 lbs forward will transfer from Western Kentucky to Cal State Fullerton. Brown will be eligible in the second semester of the 2004-05 season.
Brown, a native of Spartanburg, S.C., has appeared in all five games this season, averaging 2.4 points and 2.6 rebounds per contest while shooting 45.5 percent from the floor.
As a freshman, Brown averaged 5.3 points and 2.9 rebounds per game. In 33 contests, all off the bench, he shot 47.7 percent from the field and 73.7 percent at the free-throw line with 16 assists and 12 steals.
Brown cited a conflict with first-year coach Darrin Horn as his reassons for transferring. Horn replaced Dennis Felton, who accepted the head coaching job at Georgia after posting a 100-54 record the last five seasons. WKU went to the NCAA Tournament last year and lost to Illinois 65-60 in the first round.
A four-year letterwinner, Brown started all four of those seasons for veteran coach Doug Lowe’s Spartanburg High Vikings. Brown averaged 19.4 points, 12.3 rebounds and a pair of blocked shots a game for his 28-3 team that won the state’s 4A championship.
En route to that title, Brown hit game-winning shots in two playoff games for the Vikings. For his efforts, Brown was named the South Carolina 4A Player ofthe Year.
Some excerpts from the article:
Brown, a 2002 Spartanburg graduate, signed and mailed scholarship papers Thursday evening to initiate a transfer to Cal State Fullerton, located around 20 miles southeast of Los Angeles.
"I'll just be happy if I don't get lost," said Brown, who visited the area twice last summer to see his godbrother, Ked Wilkins. ...
After taking a week to gather his offers, Brown settled for Cal State Fullerton over South Carolina State, Western Carolina, Winthrop, Towson State, Georgetown (Ky.) and Kentucky Wesleyan.
"Jamaal just got his heart set on that California thing," his dad, Rev. Barry Brown, said. "We tried everything, but we just kept coming back to this."
Jamaal Brown visited S.C. State on Thursday intending to sign there, but he said that after seeing the facilities and level of play during practice, he changed his mind.
Upon returning home around 3 p.m., he filled out the paperwork sent by Cal State Fullerton and had dropped it in a mailbox by 6 p.m.
The Titans' coaches had heard about Brown's availability through an alum (a junior college coach) Brown had befriended and subsequently contacted him as soon as his release was granted.
"I'm glad this is over with," Brown said. "It takes a lot of the pressure off."