Fred Brown To ULM

The ULM men's basketball team has added Kansas State transfer Fred Brown to the roster for the upcoming season, head coach Orlando Early announced Wednesday afternoon.

A two-year letterwinner with the Big 12's Wildcats, Brown will have to sit out the 2009-10 campaign, but will become eligible to play with the Warhawks starting in the 2010-11 season. He will begin practicing with ULM for the upcoming season.

"We are excited to add Fred Brown to our team," Early said. "He played about 20 minutes a game this year for Kansas State and had some really big games in their conference. We think he is going to be a huge addition to our back court. We have three seniors – Malcolm Thomas, Dynile Forbes and Jarvis Hill – who will all be graduating at the end of the season."

A 6-3 guard from West Palm Beach, Fla., Brown was one of the key pieces in a 22-win season for Kansas State while playing primarily as the first guard off the bench. He averaged just over 20 minutes per contest as a sophomore and scored 8.1 points per contest – fifth most on the squad.

Brown did the majority of his damage from beyond the arc. Ranking amongst the Big 12's top 10 shooters from deep, Brown scored on 41.5 percent of his 3-point attempts (54-of-130).

Fred Brown

"We have had our best teams here when we have guys who shoot the ball well," Early said. "It's the style I like to coach. Fred is that type of player, but can still put the ball on the floor and play really good defense. He has been well coached in high school and at Kansas State under Frank Martin."

As a sophomore, Brown topped the double-digit mark as a reserve nine times, including three times in league play – against No. 6 Oklahoma (12), a Missouri team receiving votes (17), and at No. 11 Texas (13). Against the Longhorns, it was Brown's overtime trey that sealed an upset victory.

He finished the season with two performances of 20 or more points and 10 performances in double digits.

Brown showed a strong ability to shoot the ball well early in his Kansas State career. Against Xavier (Ohio) in only the 11th game of his collegiate career, he exploded for 25 points in 24 minutes off 9-of-11 shooting from the field. Against the Musketeers, he drilled 5-of-6 attempts from deep.

Brown prepped at William T. Dwyer High School where he was rated as the 13th-best player in the state by Rivals.com. As a senior, he led the Panthers to an 18-5 overall record by scoring 19.1 points, dishing out six assists and grabbing five rebounds and three steals per game.

Brown becomes the sixth addition to the ULM signing class for the upcoming season, joining transfers Warren Fuselier (San Bernardino Valley), Hugh Mingo (South Plains), Fabio Ribero (New Mexico JC), and Tommie Sykes (Odessa), and New Orleans prep star Colby Carr (O.P. Walker).


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