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Jesse Brown to make NWCC hoops home
May 23, 2012 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor
PAVILLION -- Northwest College is the next basketball stop for Jesse Brown.
The Wind River High School senior signed a national letter of intent May 15, to play in the fall for the NWC Trappers.
The 6-foot, 170-pound guard was a Class 2-A all-state selection. He helped guide the Cougars to a third-place finish at the Class 2-A state tournament in Casper.
"I was getting nervous because all the schools were coming to the end," said Brown on making his college decision. "Everybody was doing finals, and I wasn't sure if I was going to find a school."
Brown said Northwest College is a good fit on the basketball court and in the classroom
"They have an engineering program that will transfer into other schools, and that's what I'm looking to go into," Brown said.
Brown received As and Bs in his four years at WRHS.
"Schoolwork is very important," Brown said. "I want to go into engineering so I could design something. I want to build houses and roads."
Brown is the son of Ervin Brown Jr. and Iva Posey.
Brown finished the season scoring 15.7 points per game.
"After this year, I want to be a shooting guard because there are more opportunities to score and attack the basket more," Brown said.
Brown is the second Wind River player to sign a national letter of intent this spring. Tyson LoneBear signed one last month to play at Central Wyoming College.
"Tyson and I have played together since the fifth grade," Brown said. "It has been great. We have come a long ways with each other."
Brown can't wait to face LoneBear on the court as an opponent.
"Hopefully, a lot of people are there to watch," Brown said.
Northwest College and the Rustlers both play in the Region IX North division. The two schools play a home-and-away series each year.
Northwest on Brown
"I first got to know him just as a student before an athlete," Northwest men's coach Brian Erickson said. "He does a great job in the classroom."
Erickson was an assistant coach last season for Northwest. He is taking over for former Northwest College coach Andy Ward, who is now an assistant coach for Idaho State.
"Jesse plays hard," Erickson said. "He kind of has a swagger to him. He has a good swagger."
Brown averaged 6.7 rebounds, 5.9 assists and 3.8 steals per game to be an all-around player for WRHS.
"He makes some great passes. He does everything," Erickson said. "He rebounds for you. He can score for you, and he can pass it for you. You then put him on whoever you need him to guard. He has unbelievable potential."
Northwest College finished 22-9 last season, 10-6 in the Region IX North division.
"We have some good core guys coming back," Erickson said. "That always helps no matter what team that you have. We lose some key players, but guys that we have recruited can fill some of those spots. I feel like we can compete in Region IX."