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Terrebonne's Brown signs with Clarke University

Former Terrebonne High basketball player Jerrodd Brown signed to play college basketball at Clarke University last week. (Photo by Submitted)

Former Terrebonne High basketball player Jerrodd Brown is moving to the heartland of America to continue his college basketball career.

Brown, a 2010 Terrebonne graduate, signed to play college basketball at Clarke University last week. Clarke is a four-year NAIA school based in Dubuque, Iowa.

After graduating from Terrebonne, Brown played as a freshman Frank Phillips Community College in Borger, Texas, and he transferred and played his sophomore year last season at North Dakota State College of Science in Wahpeton, N.D.

When it came time for him to move on to a four-year school, Brown was able to get a scholarship offer from Clarke.

"It feels good to get this opportunity," Brown said. "I always dreamed of playing at a four-year school. It's a good place for me to start my career off."

Brown, a 6-foot-5 small forward, scored 85 points with a 2.9 rebounds per game average at North Dakota State College of Science last season. He helped lead the Wildcats to a have a 27-5 overall record with a National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region XIII championship last year.

Brown said he got recruiting looks from Samford University, Prairie View A&M University, North Alabama and Xavier University of New Orleans, but he signed with Clarke because it gave him a chance to play next season.

"I felt like I couldn't sit out," Brown said. "I really wanted to play this year. I'm going to go up there and leave it God's hands. I hope it works out because I feel like it's going to be my breakout year as a player."

Clarke men's basketball coach Jerry Drymon said he was ready to offer a scholarship after getting a recommendation from Scott Schumacher, who was Brown's former coach at NDSCS.

"(Schumacher) got to know him and he said Jerrodd is a real good individual and student," Drymon said. "I think he is a good person to have in the program. We think we're getting a good player that can come up here and play for us."

Brown said he will play small forward at Clarke, but he has also spent time at shooting guard and power forward.

Drymon said Brown's ability to play several positions will benefit him in Clarke's offense.

"We like to run and push the ball and play press defense, so I think his versatility is what we look for in players," Drymon said. "It's how he likes to play."

After playing two years of college basketball, Brown, a former first-team All-District selection at Terrebonne, said he has grown mentally and physically as a player.

"It showed me I needed to be quicker with my ball handling," Brown said.

"I learned that I had to be patient with my game and take better shots, so I think I'm a better player all the way around. I'm just going to go to Clarke and do my best."

L.T. Rockets AAU basketball coach Darrell Murry, who is Brown's longtime family friend, said the former Terrebonne standout will have success at Clarke.

"I think Jerrodd is a hard worker," Murry said. "He plays hard on the floor every day, and he loves basketball. I work out with him a lot in the gym, and I know they are getting a good kid and a great basketball player."

Murry said the community is proud of Brown's athletic achievements.

"It shows that we've got talent in Houma," Murry said. "A lot of people don't understand we have shipped out a lot of basketball players over the last five or six years. He's just another one that's going out, and I hope that it helps the area and the younger kids coming up behind him."

And Brown said he is ready to make the most of his opportunity to keep playing basketball.

"I just want to let everyone know to keep pushing because dreams do come true," Brown said. "If you're good enough, they are going to find you. You just have to keep pushing and working hard."