California Forward “Rocky” Signs with Eastern

Stat-stuffing Rakim Brown from Central High School in Fresno, Calif., to join Eagle program

Rakim Brown, a stat-stuffing 6-foot-6 forward from Central High School in Fresno, Calif., has signed a letter of intent to attend Eastern Washington University and play for the Eagles, head coach Kirk Earlywine has announced.

Brown led Central in points (20.2), rebounds (7.3), steals (3.5) and blocks (3.1) this past season to lead the Grizzlies to a 21-5 record. Nicknamed “Rocky,” he was a two-time selection on the Fresno Bee All-Star Team as he helped lead his team to the Tri-River Athletic Conference title in 2009-10.

“I am extremely happy that Rocky has decided to join us here at EWU,” said Earlywine. “The addition of Rocky continues the rebuilding of our front line with another athletic player with length who can play and defend multiple positions.  He has a terrific motor, an aggressive personality, and the ability to score from the arc, in the paint, and at the free throw line.”

As a junior, Brown earned All-Tri-River Athletic Conference honors after averaging 16.5 points, 8.5 rebounds and 2.6 steals while powering the 22-9 Grizzlies to a second-place finish in the league.

He was coached at Central by Loren LeBeau, who previously was an assistant coach at NCAA Division I schools Fresno State and Pepperdine.

 “Rocky comes from a winning program and was instrumental in the success of his team – both of which added to how much we like him,” Earlywine added. “Also, the fact that he was very well-coached in high school by a former college coach will quicken his transition to playing Division I basketball.”

Brown is one of five new players signed by Earlywine and his staff since last fall, including four signees announced last November. The other high school players are Geoffrey Allen (6-5 guard/forward from Los Angeles), Jaylen Henry (6-7 forward from Las Vegas) and Carter Warnock (6-9 forward from Chandler, Ariz.). Eastern also signed L.A. Southwest Junior College transfer Tremayne Johnson, who has been attending school at EWU since January.

Earlywine expects to sign one or two more players after losing seven letter winners off last year’s squad. Eastern returns four letter winners, including Big Sky Conference Freshman of the Year Glen Dean.


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