Men’s Basketball Signs Darius Brown II & Jed Miller

BOZEMAN, Mont. – The Montana State men’s basketball program announced two additions that the Bobcats will have on their roster for the 2022-23 season. Darius Brown II has signed his financial aid agreement to join MSU after four years at CSU Northridge, while Jed Miller submitted his national letter of intent when he arrives at Bozeman from Agoura Hills, California.

Darius Brown II | Guard | 6-2 | 195 | Pasadena, California | Pasadena HS | CSU Northridge

Darius Brown II spent the last four years at CSUN and will graduate this spring with a degree in communication. Brown was an All-Big West Second Team pick in the 2020-21 season, averaging 10.5 points, 5.3 assists, 4.8 rebounds and 1.9 steals per game. match while playing 34.4 minutes per. During 22 games, Brown shot 47.2% from the field and 36.8% from 3-point range. He finished the second year in the Big West in assists per. match and assist / turnover ratio. Brown recorded a career-high 13-assist clip in a game against CSU Fullerton and an 11-rebound mark versus Cal Poly when he won a Big West Player of the Week award that season.

His 2021-22 season was cut off in seven games due to an injury. Brown was a Preseason All-Big West Media Team pick before the year. Brown played 96 games for the Matadors, scoring 879 points (9.2 PPG), while averaging 4.5 assists and 3.9 rebounds during his time at CSUN. He finished on Matador’s career lists in third place in the school’s history in assists (431) and in ninth place in the commenced fights (93) and steal (134). His top-scoring performance came in a streak of 26 points in the 2019-20 season, while scoring double-digit in 38 games in his career. Brown was a Big West All-Academic Team honor every season he was eligible.

Prior to his time at CSUN, Brown was a 2018 graduate of Pasadena High School. He averaged 15 points, 11 assists, five steals and five rebounds per game as a senior. He was a member of a university program that went 52-15 overall. With a eligible covid year and a medical red shirt, Brown will join Montana State with two years of eligibility left.

“Every time you can get an all-conference-type guard, you should be thrilled,” Montana State head coach Danny Sprinkle said. “He’s a great pass player and teammate, which thrilled me because he fits our Ubuntu culture. He has almost 500 assists in just over 3 seasons and a 5-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio. He’s about his teammates’ success and I expect him to have a huge impact on our team.He is a very skilled goal scorer who can get 20 points on any given night but what impresses me most about him is that he does the right thing basketball games.

“Everyone on our team will get better because of Darius. When shooters are open, they get the ball on time and on goal. When our big players are open, they will get the ball in the best possible position. I know all his Prodigy Elite “AAU coaches, his high school coach at Pasadena in Tony Brooks and the staff at CSUN who recruited him, and they are all happy for him as a person and player. He fits in well with our program!”

Jed Miller | Guard | 6-2 | 175 | Agoura Hills, California | Agoura HS | Southern California Academy

Jed Miller attended preparatory school at Southern California Academy this year and has previously been a standout for Agoura High School in Agoura Hills, California. Miller’s senior season was highlighted by several team and individual performances. His high school team won its first league championship since 1995, and Agoura played the CIF Southern Section Division 2A Championship for the first time since the 1970s. Miller scored 44 points in the championship loss loss, which was his second highest scoring result in his preparatory career. Miller set the school record of 62 points in a single match as a senior in 2020-21.

Miller averaged 21.4 points, 6.3 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 3.7 steals per game during his senior season. That year he also shot 43% from the field and 86% from the free throw line. He was named the All-Ventura County Boys Basketball MVP, was a D2 All-State first team committee and was named the Ventura County Star’s Boys Basketball Player of the Year. A student of nearly 4.0 grade points in the classroom during his preparation time, Miller was a contributor to the university program for three seasons. In his junior year, he averaged over 20 points, 5 rebounds and nearly four assists per game. Miller also averaged over 13 points and 4 rebounds per game in his sophomore year as he darkened 1,000 points in his high school career.

“Jed is a great shooting game with unlimited range,” Sprinkle said. “He is very modest, but when he crosses the halfway line, he is a threat that will open spaces for our offensive and our postal players. He is a gymnastic rat who, like Darius, has an amazing basketball IQ. He sees the game slower than most guards.

“I’m excited to see his progress through his first season with us. He’s been challenged and trained hard in high school and preparatory school with coaches Julius Von Hanzlik and Steve Baik.”

Montana State completed an overall record of 27-8 in 2021-22 with a loss to No. 3 Texas Tech in the West Region’s first round of the NCAA Tournament on March 18th. MSU’s trip to the NCAA Tournament was only its fourth appearance ever and the first time in 26 years.

Season tickets for the Montana State basketball season 2022-23 go on sale on April 18th. Tickets will be available online on the TicketsWest page on April 18, which can be accessed at msubobcats.com/tickets. Current and interested Bobcat season ticket holders can also contact the Bobcat box office at 406-994-CATS (2287).

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