ATLANTA-Georgia State announced the signing of junior college transfer Jalen Brown on Thursday, completing the five-member signing class for this year. The 6-8 forward comes to Atlanta from South Suburban College in South Holland, Ill.
Brown averaged 13.0 points, 8.1 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game in his lone season at South Suburban, shooting 44.5-percent from the floor and 35.8-percent from 3-point range. His 72 blocks ranked No. 9 in the NJCAA last year.
He spent his first year of college at Columbus (Ohio) State where he averaged 5.8 points and 3.9 rebounds per game in just 12.5 minutes per contest. Brown shot 52.2-percent from the floor and 42.9-percent from 3-point range.
Originally from Buchanan, Mich., where he played for Buchanan High School, Brown will have two years of eligibility remaining for the Panthers. He led Buchanan to a conference championship his senior season, the first for the school in 60 years.
“Jalen is a talented big-man who I believe is going to make an immediate impact on our team,” head coach Ron Hunter said. “For most of his career he was a guard, but then grew quickly late in high school, so he can shoot the 3-pointer well or post up and rebound.
“I believe that Jalen will fit our system well and rounds out what we feel is an excellent class of newcomers who will join us for the upcoming season.”
Brown led South Suburban to a region championship this past season and an appearance in the NJCAA National Championship tournament. The Bulldogs finished the season 31-6.
Brown scored 20 or more points six times, including a season-high 23 on 9-of-12 shooting against Trinity Christian College. In the second game of the season, he scored 22 on 9-of-15 shooting, going 4-of-6 from 3-point range.
Over the last two weeks, Hunter has announced the transfer of Louisville’s Kevin Ware and Indiana’s Jeremy Hollowell to the program. That duo, along with Brown, will join early signees Jeff Thomas and Jordan Session as five newcomers to the team this summer.
Coming off its Sun Belt Championship and Postseason NIT berth, Georgia State will return three to the starting line-up for the 2014-15 season.