HUNTSVILLE – Preston Brown, a 6-6, 225 pound power forward from Cowley County Junior College in Arkansas City, KS, has signed a letter-of-intent to attend Sam Houston State and play men’s basketball for Head Coach Bob Marlin.
Brown averaged 10.0 points, 6.3 rebounds, and shot 55 per cent from the floor while leading the Tigers to a 31-3 record.
An All-State, All-Region, and All-District player in high school at Strington, OK, Brown averaged 24.0 points on a 26-4 team as a junior and 19.2 points on a 29-1 squad his senior year for head coach Dirk Walden. The team lost its only game in the state semifinals. Brown was salutatorian of his class.
As a college freshman, Brown led Redlands Community College in El Reno, OK, to a 31-2 record. When his head coach Steve Eck, left Redlands for Cowley County, Brown went with him and lef the team to within one game of the NJCAA national tournament.
“Preston is a good shooter and rebounder and a true team player,” Marlin said. “Losing Ryan Bright to graduation, we have an immediate need for an impact player at power forward. The past four years, Preston has compiled a record of 117 victories and only 10 losses. The guy is a winner. With a 3.8 grade point average in the class room, he is the kind of student athlete that has been successful for us here at Sam Houston.”
Brown is the second junior college player to sign with the Bearkat men’s basketball program. Corey Allmond, a 6 foot 1 inch, 180-pound guard from Howard College in Big Spring, Texas, also will transfer to SHSU.
The Bearkats signed three high school seniors during the early recruiting period in November. The trio consisted of Antuan Bootle of Houston Saint Thomas, Drae Murray of Huntsville, and Lance Pevehouse of League City.
Allmond is expected to fill the void left by the graduation of the Bearkats' outside scoring threats.
“Corey is a good shooter,” SHSU head coach Bob Marlin said. “But he also runs the point well. I would say he’s more of a combo guard. He’s strong and a good defender. We lost three shooters, so we needed a perimeter shooter especially with the 3-point line moving back a foot.”
At Howard College last season, Allmond shot over 50 percent from the field and 42 percent from 3-point range with nearly 100 treys.
He was the Western Junior College Athletic Conference’s sixth leading scorer with 17.9 points per game. He was named to the All-WJCAC first team.
The shooting guard from Oxon Hill, Md. joins the three other Bearkat signees, Drae Murray from Huntsville, Antuan Bootle from Houston and Lance Pevehouse of League City.
Autuan Bootle, a 6-7, 265-pound senior at Saint Thomas High School in Houston, is a first team TAPPS All-State selection and a McDonald's All-America nominee. He ranks as Saint Thomas High School's all-time leading scorer and rebound. As a senior, he averaged 13.1 points and 18.2 rebounds per game with a .543 field goal percentage.
As a junior, Bootle was a third team preseason All-Greater Houston selection as a senior. Averaging 16.1 points and 17.2 rebounds in 2007, he earned district “Most Valuable Player” honors.Both his sophomore and junior seasons he earned All-District and TAPS first team all-state honors. He led Saint Thomas to the state finals as a sophomore and the regional finals his junior year.
Murray, a 5-10 guard, was a first team All-District and All-Region selection for the Huntsville Hornets in 2008. He averaged 16.1 points per game, 5.2 assists, 3.3 rebounds, and 4.4 steals, shooting .545 from the field and .436 from three-point range. He was named as District 18-4A "Most Valuable Player." In his first three seasons as a Hornet, he led Huntsville to a 55-12 record. His junior year, Huntsville reached the Class 4A Region III playoffs.
Pevehouse is a 6-1 shooting guard from Clear Creek High School who averaged 11.9 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 4.1 assists per game. He was 77 of 102 (.775) from the free throw line and 76 of 198 (.384) from three point range as a senior.
He led Clear Creek to the regional quarterfinals two years ago. He is a freshman for San Jacinto Junior College in Houston. He played last year for Army Prep in New York where he averaged 20.1 points and 4.2 assists.
As a senior at Clear Creek, he averaged 16. 3 points and 4.3 assists. He earned all-district honors both as a junior and a senior.