The Bison men's basketball team looks to build off an amazing 2016-17 season as they made the U SPORTS championship for the first time since 1986 and look ahead for the 2017-18 season as ninth year head coach Kirby Schepp has announced the commitment of point guard Rashawn Browne to the Bisons program for the upcoming 2017-18 season.
Browne, 21 (turns 22 in July 2017), is a 6'1", 175 lbs. guard that played at Bill Crothers Secondary and part of High School Championship in 2014 and also played with New Mexico State and California University of Pennsylvania. The Toronto native played high school basketball at Bill Crothers and was captain from 2012-14. He was part of a High School National Championship after a 32-4 record plus represented Bill Crothers at North Pole Hoops Platform All-Star game. In addition, Browne averaged 15 points, 7.5 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game as a senior at Bill Crothers Secondary.
Browne talked about becoming a Bison, "I looking forward to joining the University of Manitoba Bisons and meshing with the team. The team had a great year last season and I hope to grow the success of the program had in the past."
After Bill Crothers, Browne red-shirt in 2014-15 with Division I New Mexico State Aggies and played in 2015-16 with the Aggies and averaged 2.2 point per game (ppg.), 1.24 REBOUNDS PER GAME (rpg.) and 1.06 assists per game (apg.) while starting two games and playing 34 contests. In 2016-17, Browne played in 25 games (started 17) for Division II California University of Pennsylvania Vulcans and posted numbers of 6.0 ppg., 2.3 rbg. and 3.2 apg. with season game highs of 20 points, 10 assists and five rebounds.
"We are very happy to have a high level player and person like Rashawn join our Bison program," Schepp stated. "Rashawn comes in with great experience and we feel can make be an impact player for us. He is great student and high character young man that fits perfectly into our culture at Manitoba."
Along with his playing success, Browne has excelled off the court as he has been earned University English Award (2013) and 3.10 GPA at previous schools.