HOUSTON -- Saddleback Junior College forward Breaon Brady will compete for the University of Houston Men's Basketball program in 2017-18 after recently signing a National Letter of Intent, Head Coach Kelvin Sampson announced Saturday.
Checking in at 6-foot-9 and 235 pounds, Brady will have two years of eligibility remaining as a junior beginning with the 2017-18 season. He chose Houston over West Virginia, Arizona State and Washington State.
"Breaon will give us something that we haven't had. He is a true back-to-the-basket post scorer. He is somebody we can throw the ball into and get us a basket," Sampson said." The thing I love about Breaon is his basketball IQ. If you double him, he knows where to pass the ball. He is a very unselfish player and has winner written all over him."
As a freshman at Saddleback JC for Head Coach Andy Ground during the 2015-16 season, Brady enjoyed 12 games with double-digit points, including a season-high 24 points in a win against Cypress.
Brady, who hails from Akron, Ohio, grabbed a season-best 14 rebounds in a win against East Los Angeles and recorded eight games with at least nine rebounds.
He competed in 32 games a year ago with 21 starts, averaging 8.9 points and 5.6 rebounds per game. Brady led the Gauchos to a 31-2 record and a state runner-up finish in the California Community College Athletic Association.
"Breaon is a very skilled big man. He has a hard frame to get around, and he can really score the ball," Ground said. "As a person, Breaon is a fun-loving kid and likes to joke around with his teammates."
Before entering the junior college ranks, Brady -- whose first name is pronounced Bree-On -- was an award-winning letterman for Head Coach Mark Fisher at Ellet High School. There, Brady competed in three All-Star Games, led the state in rebounding and set the state's single-game rebounding record with 31 boards in a win against Buchtel High School.
As a senior, Brady averaged 17.9 points, 10.8 rebounds and 3.5 blocks per game to lead the Orangemen to the City Series Championship with an 18-5 record. His team finished 20-4 and captured a Division I sectional title.
From there, the Cougars hit the road for the first time when they compete at the Gulf Coast Showcase inside Germain Arena in Estero, Fla.
The Cougars open that tournament at 6:30 p.m., Nov. 21, before facing the winner/loser of Kent State/South Dakota on Nov. 22. Houston closes out the regular-season tournament on Nov. 23 at a time to be determined.
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