UMass vs. Ohio State :: 2008 NIT Championship
FORD ON BROWER: "Etienne will be one of our four captains as a senior. Etienne I think is probably our most versatile player on our basketball team. He is someone that has had to fight through injury. The key for him is to hopefully if he stays injury free he is someone that is going to spend a lot of time on the court at a post or wing position. He has really dedicated himself over the summer to have a great senior year. Etienne is one of the hardest working players on the team. There's not really anything Etienne can't do. He will be splitting from inside to outside. He is without question a 3-point threat. You can take twelve Etiene Browers and win a ton of games. He can play one through five. His attitude and work ethic is second to none. He may not be the guy to get all the notoriety, but he's the one guy who will fill up the stat sheet."
AS A REDSHIRT JUNIOR IN 2006-07: Versatile big man has played in 22 games overall during the season, starting five ... Missed first seven games of the season with a right ankle injury, which has hampered him during the season ... Averaging 2.7 points per game average and 2.0 rebounds per game in 11.5 minutes per game ... Made a 3-pointer vs. Saint Louis (3/8) in the A-10 Tournament First Round ... After four games with no points, had four points and four assists vs. St. Bonaventure (2/21) ... Gave UMass the lead it would never give up with a 3-pointer midway in the second half at Charlotte (1/28), finished with seven points ... Returned to starting line-up on his birthday and scored three points and two rebounds at Rhode Island (1/24) ... Nailed a key 3-pointer late vs, Duquesne (1/21) ... Returned action at Xavier (1/18) and canned two 3-pointers including one with 30 seconds left draw UMass within two points ... Re-injured his ankle against George Washington (1/10) and did not play against Temple (1/13) ... Equaled season-best eight points in first 5:30 against George Washington (1/10), but did not score again in the game ... Started and grabbed six rebounds, but did not score at La Salle (1/6) ... Scored five points and handed out career-best five assists against Miami (1/2) in 25 minutes as starter ... Made first UMass start vs. Yale (12/28) and played 21 minutes as he made two 3-pointers for his six points ... Showed first flashes of brilliance at Louisville (12/13) as he scored eight points including clutch falling down jumper in second half. Also hit three free throws as he was fouled on a 3-pointer ... Made his UMass debut against Boston College (12/2) posting two rebounds and one assist.
AS A JUNIOR IN 2005-06: Sat out as a redshirt due to NCAA transfer rules after coming to UMass from Boston University ... Practiced with the Minutemen.
AS A SOPHOMORE IN 2004-05 (AT BOSTON UNIVERSITY): Averaged 8.3 points and 5.4 rebounds for the Terriers in leading them to the NIT ... Started all 29 games ... Named to the 2004-05 America East All-Conference Third Team ... Had 40 blocked shots as a sophomore, the seventh best mark in team history ... Tallied back-to-back double-doubles (the first two of his career) when he had 18 points and 10 rebounds vs. Stony Brook (2/16) and then 11 points and 10 boards vs Northeastern on (2/20) ... Played a career-high 37 minutes in the Stony Brook game ... Scored 12 of his career-high 19 points in the second half at Maine (2/2), marking the sixth time in his sophomore seasons he set a career scoring high ... Grabbed a career-high 10 rebounds vs. New Hampshire (1/26) He also had a career-best four assists in the game ... Scored 17 points at Stony Brook (1/22), as he shot 6-for-8 from the field ... Scored 17 points for the fourth time in 2004-05 vs. Canisius (12/23) ... Scored 12 points on 5-for-7 shooting at Harvard on (12/7), including a 2-for-3 effort from the three-point line, adding five rebounds, an assist, and a blocked shot ... Set a new career-high in scoring for the third straight game at New Hampshire (12/4) with 16 points, grabbed eight rebounds for the second time in three games, and had a career-high five blocked shots against the Wildcats ... Scored a then career-high 12 points at Youngstown State (11/27), also had career highs with eight rebounds, three blocks, and a 5-for-10 effort from the field.
AS A FRESHMAN IN 2003-04 (AT BOSTON UNIVERSITY): Played in 22 games, starting once and scoring 1.4 points per game ... Had season high with three rebounds against Hartford (2/7) ... Registered then-career highs in assists (three) and blocked shots (two) against Maine (1/21) ... Scored six points and tied his career high with three rebounds at UMBC (1/14) ... Scored five points on 2-for-3 shooting against Binghamton (1/10).
BEFORE COLLEGE: Three-year captain for West Hempstead High School on Long Island in New York ... As a senior, averaged 18.3 points, 14 rebounds, four blocked shots, and four assists in leading West Hempstead to its first Nassau Class B Championship since 1957 ... The Rams finished with a 22-2 record. Shot 59 percent from the field ... In his junior year, was an All-County First Team performer after averaging 17 points, 11 rebounds, and three blocks per game ... His 17-and-under Long Island Lightning AAU team qualified to play for the National Championship ... Finalist for the Sandler Award in 2003, given to Nassau County's best basketball player ... Selected to the All-Long Island Boys Basketball Team and was the Nassau Public Schools Player of the Year as a senior ... Was an All-Conference tennis player at West Hempstead., leading the Rams to an undefeated season in his senior year.
PERSONAL: Etienne Gyasi Xalbat Brower ... Born on Jan. 24, 1985 ... Son of Solange and Quinis Brower ... Father was a former Hofstra University and pro basketball player who was drafted by the ABA's New York Nets ... Etienne is an only child ... Shoe size 15 ... Speaks French fluently ... Majoring in Psychology.
BROWER'S CAREER STATISTICS Year GP GS Min Avg FG FGA Pct 3FG FGA Pct FT FTA Pct Off Def Tot Avg PF FO Ast TO Blk Stl Pts Avg 2003-04 BU 22 1 165 7.5 11 31 .355 1 4 .250 7 9 .778 8 13 21 1.0 11 0 10 11 5 5 30 1.4 2004-05 BU 29 29 731 25.2 87 203 .429 24 65 .369 43 61 .705 43 115 158 5.4 69 1 28 33 40 17 241 8.3 2006-07 22 5 254 11.5 20 53 .377 12 32 .375 7 9 .778 14 31 45 2.0 36 1 24 19 9 5 59 2.7 2007-08 36 30 1085 30.1 148 324 .457 82 191 .429 78 113 .690 74 173 247 6.9 116 6 58 49 48 26 456 12.7 TOTAL at UMASS 58 35 1339 23.1 168 377 .446 94 223 .422 85 122 .697 88 204 292 5.0 152 7 82 68 57 31 515 8.9 TOTAL 109 65 2235 20.5 266 611 .435 119 292 .408 135 192 .703 139 332 471 4.3 232 8 120 112 102 53 786 7.2A FEW MINUTES WITH ET
Nickname: E, Et
Major (Why?): Psychology/Education
Favorite Musical Artist: Andre 3000, Trey Songz, Lloyd Banks
Best Concert I Ever Attended: The Game
Favorite Sports Movie: He Got Game
Best Sporting Event I Ever Attended: UMass Basketball vs. Kentucky
Favorite TV Show: Fresh Prince of Bel Air
Favorite Sports Broadcaster: Dick Vitale
Favorite Pro Sports Team: Yankees
Favorite Athletes: Carmelo Anthony
Childhood Idol: Michael Jordan
Team I'd Like To See Added To The Schedule: UNC
Best Player I Ever Faced: Olivier St. Jean
Best Player I Ever Played With: Stephane Lasme
Toughest Place I Ever Played: Kentucky
Magazine Cover I'd Like to Be On: GQ
My Biggest Fear: season ending early for any reason
Most Famous Person I Ever Met: Julius Erving
Most People Don't Know This But: I'm bilingual (French)
My Most Prized Possession: My necklace
Place I'd Like to Visit: Arizona State
Best Part About Living In Amherst: "club sidewalk"
Best Moment at UMass: The Louisville win
My First Memory of Basketball: Playing against my father in West Hempstead
I Wear My Jersey Number Because: I've had it forever
My Most Memorable Moment in College Athletics: Louisville win
If I Didn't Play College Basketball I Would Play: Regular student
Who Had the Greatest Impact on My Life: Father
Pre-game Rituals: Nap
One Thing I Wish I Were Better At: More creative
My Best Non-Athletic Talent: Singing
The Person I Would Choose to be Stranded on a Deserted Island with: Meagan Fox