Francois is an extremely athletic and talented 6-9/220 lbs. power forward who is expected to have an immediate impact on the Thundering Herd program. He chose Marshall after taking an official visit to Sweet Sixteen finalist and Big East powerhouse Pittsburgh. In addition, he was being courted by Kansas State, South Carolina, Southern California, Wyoming and Utah. According to Joyce, many of these schools wanted him to visit but he decided after his visit to Marshall and Pittsburgh he did not need any other visits to make a decision.
Coach Joyce commented about Jean's decision, "In addition to believing Marshall was the best fit athletically and academically, I think the biggest reason for Jean Francois deciding on Marshall was his relationship with Head Coach Ron Jirsa. He recruited him out of high school and both he and his parents felt Jirsa would have his best interest in mind in his pursuits both on and off the court."
The Ivory Coast native attended Chamblee High School in Chamblee, Georgia. He was tabbed as one of the top prep school players in the country by Hoop Scoop. Meanwhile, Ron Jirsa was an assistant at the University of Dayton and utilized his ties he gained as Head Coach at Georgia to dip into the talent pool in the Peach State to sign the relatively unknown but extremely talented Jean Francois Bro-Grebe. "Because he did not get to play a lot of basketball in high school or on the AAU circuit very few people new about him and as a result he slipped under the radar a little bit. However, anyone who has seen him in person knows he has a chance to be a big time player and Marshall is getting a high level player," stated Coach Joyce.
Jean Francois is just returning from surgery to repair his torn anterior cruciate ligament, which forced him to redshirt last year. Because of his injury he did not participate last season and will have three years to play following his time at NJC.
NJC recently moved two players on to big-name Division 1 teams. John DeGroat signed with the University of Pittsburgh this summer, and teammates Derek Wabbington (Wyoming) and Dennis Howard (Creighton) also moved up to Division 1 as well. Bro Grebe is the fourth NJC player to transfer successfully to a Division 1 school in the last 4 months.
Bro Grebe will help lead a Plainsmen team rated #10 in the nation by Street and Smith's Basketball Magazine and will have be a part of one of the top frontcourts in the country. He will team with two other future Division I recruits in 6-10/200 lbs. Michael Harrison and 6-8/220 lbs. Supo Jegede. This trio of frontline players will help the Plainsmen in their efforts to return to the national tournament.
Compiled from NJC press release