Tech Gets the Point

Louisiana Tech added a fourth member to the 2009 signing class today. (updated 5/11/09)

DeAndre Brown was already the Region XIV Player of the Year. He was the REGION XIV Tourney MVP. He was also a first team Junior College All-American. Now he can add Texas Junior College Player of the Year to the long list of honors. The TABC recently named Brown as the MVP and today he signed to become a Louisiana Tech Bulldog.

Brown was the starting point guard for Fort Worth Dunbar on their 2006 State Championship team. That season, the TABC named the then junior to their All-State first team. He committed to Texas-Arlington over offers from Houston and Nebraska. He was qualified out of high school. Brown ended up at Navarro and led them to the 2009 National Junior College Tournament in Hutchison, KS. After earning first team All-American Honors, the point guard was getting the most interest from Tech and South Alabama.

DeAndre visited South Alabama three weeks ago. After hosting the USA staff the following week, he had a visit from Louisiana tech head Coach Kerry Rupp. The visit from Rupp made a big impression and Brown visited Tech last weekend. The trip to Ruston went very well and Brown went back to Navarro to talk it over with his coach and his family.

Tommy Woodard, Brown's dad, said he had been getting plenty of attention all along. "It came down to Tech and South Alabama," explained Mr. Woodard. "He felt more comfortable there. After the visit to Tech, he made up his mind. He liked all the guys. We are all really impressed with Coach Rupp and Coach Condie."

Mr. Woodard said a visit by the Head Coach put Louisiana Tech in the running for DeAndre. "Coach Rupp and his wife drove over," he said. "He was straigt-forward and told us what he was trying to do over there. He didn't try to sell us a pie in the sky."

DeAndre Brown graduated from Navarro Junior College today, ending a successful two year run at the school. He also sent in his fax to Louisiana Tech today, starting a two year journey at the Division One School. The 5-11 165 Point Guard signed with Tech over USA, TCU, SMU, UT-Arlington, Charlotte, and interest from Nebraska.

Navarro College was a perfect fit for DeAndre Brown and it looks like Louisiana Tech will be a great match as well. "Navarro was a great situation for DeAndre," added Mr. Woodard. "It worked out beautifully. Coach Estelle is great. it was a great situation for a young kid coming out of high school."

With seniors Kyle Gibson, Jamel Guyton, and Magnum Rolle in place, the Bulldogs needed a floor general to run the show. Brown's signing sets the stage for a big run in the 2009-2010 season. Next year won't be the end for Brown. Despite this being Rolle, Gibson, and Guyton's final year; the cupboard is not bare. Olu Ashaolu has three years remaining and young studs like Brandon Gibson, Darius Redding, and Kadeem Coleby will be around for a long time. Fellow first team J.C. All American D.J. Wright and Ruston native Josh Brown are scheduled to join signee Holton Hunsaker next year at Tech. Point Guard Yonas Berhe will be much more prepared for his sophomore season and combo guard Jarvis Davis arrives for his freshman year. Brown joins Center Shawn Oliverson in the junior class. Oliverson really made strides in his game last season and will be a key player fr Coach Rupp for two more years.

DeAndre Brown very well could be the glue that not only ties the team together; he might be the link that bridges this year's team to next year's squad. Rebuilding years can be tough, but tech plans to reload and keep it going. It will be much easier with Deandre Brown at the wheel.

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