With the top three rebounders from last season’s team gone, Bethune-Cookman head coach Gravelle Craig can use the extra help in the paint as the Wildcats look to improve on their 14-20 (7-9 MEAC) record of a year ago. On Friday the school announced the addition of graduate transfer Daquan Brown, who joins the program after spending the 2012-13 campaign at Hofstra.
Brown played just over ten minutes per game in his lone season at Hofstra, averaging 2.7 points and 1.4 rebounds per game for the Pride. Prior to that stop in Hempstead, Brown played two seasons at Barstow College in California. Brown averaged a double-double in both seasons, accounting for 17 points and ten rebounds as a freshman and following that up with averages of 14 and ten as a sophomore.
The hope for Bethune-Cookman is that Brown can come close to replicating that production during his final season of collegiate eligibility.
“Daquan is an active ‘4’ man with good length. His size will allow us to match up with bigger/taller teams in our league,” Craig said in the release announcing the addition. “He has a high basketball IQ and can score out to 12 ft. He is also an experienced player that played in a tough conference. He makes us bigger and better.”
Brown joins a program that lost two players who finished the season with defensive rebounding percentages above 21% in forwards Javoris Bryant (21.9%) and Alex Smith (21.5%), ranking second and third in the MEAC in that category according to kenpom.com. Smith was also productive on the offensive glass, managing to post an offensive rebounding percentage of 10.5%.
Without those two and leading scorer and rebounder Adrien Coleman (17.8 ppg, 7.4 rpg), Bethune-Cookman needs players such as Brown and High Point transfer Travis Elliott to prove themselves capable of shouldering the load on the boards.