NBA D-League's Maine Red Claws Acquire Brown
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Jan. 23, 2014
PORTLAND, Maine - Former Illinois State guard Tyler Brown has been acquired by the NBA Development League's Maine Red Claws, after initially signing a D-League contract and entering into the available player pool Jan. 22. Brown joins former ISU teammate Jackie Carmichael as the second Redbird to join the D-League this season.
The D-League's Texas Legends initially acquired Brown, before sending him to Maine as part of a four-team trade. Brown - who will wear the number 11 - is expected to join the Red Claws for their Jan. 25 home game against Fort Wayne. Maine is scheduled to face Carmichael and the Iowa Energy Thursday in Des Moines, Iowa; however, Brown is not on the trip. The Red Claws and Energy are slated to face each other once again, April 4, in Des Moines.
Based out of the Portland Exposition Building, the Red Claws are affiliated with the NBA's Boston Celtics. Former Illinois State men's basketball player Champ Oguchi also played for Maine in 2010-11 - and again - in 2012-13. Founded in 2009, the Red Claws made their first playoff appearance last season.
Brown - who originally signed and played professionally in France with Cholet Basket - finished his senior season in 2012-13 as Illinois State's leading scorer, ranking third in the Missouri Valley Conference with 18.1 points per game in 2012-13. He was also second in the league with 2.5 three-pointers per game and fourth with an 80.6 percent free throw average. For his efforts, Brown was named to the 2013 All-Valley Second Team.
The Owensboro, Ky., native also became the 41st member of Illinois State's 1,000-point club. He netted double-figures in 27 games as a senior, and Brown finished his career ranked sixth on the career three-point percentage list (42.0) and sixth on the career three-pointers made list (159).
Following his standout career as a Redbird, Brown was one of 64 college basketball seniors invited to the Portsmouth Invitational, where he earned a spot on the all-tournament team. He then secured a spot on the San Antonio Spurs Las Vegas Summer League roster. Brown appeared in two games for San Antonio, recording his lone field goal July 19 against Milwaukee, along with two steals and one assist.
Brown's former Redbird teammate - Carmichael - joined the D-League's Iowa Energy Jan. 2.
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