Cats sign talented, hard-working wing

BOZEMAN — Brad Huse likes the talent his Montana State men’s basketball program added Thursday by signing Terrell Brown to a National Letter-of-Intent. But the seventh-year Bobcat coach is just as quick to talk about Brown’s academics and character.

Brown is a 6-4 forward who transfers to MSU as a sophomore with three remaining seasons of eligibility from Otero Junior College in Colorado. He spent the 2011-12 season at the University of South Dakota, where he redshirted before transferring to Otero.

“First and foremost,” Huse said, “we are adding a tremendous person to our program. Terrell is an outstanding student and he has significant academic goals that he can achieve at Montana State. That in and of itself is attractive to us. On the floor, it was really important that we added a big perimeter player to our current roster, and Terrell brings that size.”

Huse also lauded Brown for production at Otero, where he averaged 14.7 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.6 assists a game while earning First Team All-Region 9 honors while landing as runner-up for region player of the year. “He is a proven player, having earned first team honors in an outstanding region, and he comes from a highly successful program and played for an outstanding coach in Houston Reed. I also like that he has been in a Division I program and the time demands associated with being a player at this level won’t require a significant adjustment.” Brown also shot 41.4% from the floor, 35.3% from the three-point circle and 84% from the free throw line.

Like Huse, Brown’s junior college coach Houston Reed said the Colorado Springs product impacts a team as much with his character as his production. “He’s had an impact on our program because of the type of person he is. He has an influence on (teammates) to do the right thing. He shows that you can be just one of the guys and at the same time you can work really hard and do well in school. He is a leader in that way, and that had a big impact in our program.”

Reed said Brown’s personality and work ethic impacts those around him, and that MSU offers the right opportunity. “People are naturally drawn to him because his work ethic and commitment to getting better are unmatched,” Reed said.” From a playing standpoint he has an uncanny ability to put the ball in the hole. He can score on jump shots, by putting the ball on the floor, and by getting to the free throw line. I think it’s a good fit, I think it’s the right level for him, I think he has a chance to make impact in the Big Sky.”

Brown’s time at South Dakota coincided with that of current Bobcat assistant coach Shawn Dirden, who spent the 2011-12 season with the Coyotes. “Coach Dirden has done a tremendous job in our program of working with our student-athletes and his ability to generate and cultivate relationships certainly helped us in the recruitment of Terrell. Coach Diden understands the quality of person we want in this program and Terrell is an ideal fit. And to have Terrell for three years on top of it really solidifies the young core of players we have in this program to go along with a talented returning senior class.”

The signing of Brown brings balance to the Bobcat roster next season, with four seniors, three juniors, three sophomores and three freshmen. The team signed a pair of freshman guards, 6-3 Stephan Holm and 6-4 Vance Wentz, during the early signing period in November.

— MSU Sports Information