(Editor's note: MSUB Athletics release)
BILLINGS – Montana State University Billings head men’s basketball coach Mick Durham announced the signing of James “Jimmy” Brown from Gilbert, Arizona on Friday. Brown is the first true center to sign with MSUB and is the final piece of the 2020-21 class.
“This recruiting class really balances out our team,” said coach Durham. “We made it a priority to add scoring ability on the perimeter and down low. We successfully added youth and depth to our team and I am excited to get all these guys on campus.”
In addition to Brown, Coach Durham has signed seven other recruits this off-season. Grant Tully (Forward-Edina, Minnesota), Nicholas Sebastiao (SG/SF-Scottsburg, Indiana), Man Man Baker (Guard- Aurora, Colorado), Brent Finn (Guard-Big Timber, MT), Eric Norton (Guard- East Palo Alto, California), Carrington Wiggins (Guard-Flint, Michigan) and Dylan Holst (Guard-Missoula, MT).
Chandler Gilbert Community College
Staying close to home for the first two years of his collegiate career, Brown averaged 8.0 points and 5.0 rebounds for CGCC. He had a season high 14 points and 14 rebounds in the same game. In high school, he was named all-conference honorable mention for the Highland High School Hawks.
Durham on Brown: “Jimmy gives us a young inside guy that has a big upside. He gained valuable experience at Chandler-Gilbert Community College in his two years there. Being able to redshirt his first year was very valuable and will allow him to have three years with us. Jimmy runs the floor hard and also has a nice touch down in the low post. He has good footwork and fundamentals defensively to being able to guard inside and outside. I am excited to add a young big to this year’s recruiting class.”
Brown on choosing MSUB: “I chose MSUB after conversations I had with Coach Durham. He gave me a great feeling about the direction of the program and when I looked into the degrees at MSUB, I felt the school would be a great fit for me.”