Jalen Brown returns to Mountain Pointe boys basketball team
Mountain Pointe junior shooting guard Jalen Brown will practice with the boys basketball team for the first time today and might make his season debut Friday.
The star football recruit decided not to play hoops before the season began, but was recently approached by coach Aaron Windler about joining the team after the Pride were bitten by injuries and academic casualties, his mom, Sarah Barnes, said.
Brown averaged 7.3 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.2 steals last year. He is an elite defender and should boost Mountain Pointe’s chances to make the playoffs. The Pride are 7-7 on the year and sit No. 25 in the most recent power rankings.
“I’m anxious to see what kind of shape he’s in,” Windler said. “He’s probably not in basketball shape. We’d like to have him Friday (against Desert Vista). Will we? I couldn’t tell you yet.”
Brown played with the team during the summer but was consumed with the football team’s march to the Division I title game in the first half of the school year. He has been on the varsity basketball roster since his freshman season and will immediately become one of the team’s most experienced players along with Holloway and Campbell.
Mountain Pointe has 10 regular season games left.
“Jalen hasn’t been around a basketball in awhile,” Windler said. “How good he’s going to be right away, I don’t know. Defensively, he gives us options, and the offensive stuff hopefully will come in the next few weeks.”