Barstow player decides on Fresno State

Barstow College basketball standout Daquan Brown is headed to Fresno State. Brown was an All-Foothill Conference selection, averaging 11.7 points and 9.8 rebounds in helping the Vikings to their first playoff berth.

Brown, 21, also visited San Jose State, Pepperdine and Boise State before settling on the Bulldogs. He admits he liked Pepperdine but living in that area was going to be a little too costly. San Jose State seemed like an option since he has a teammate going there but it rained his entire visit.

“I took that as a sign,” he said.

“Fresno State just seemed like the best place for me,” he said.

Brown, who plans to major in criminology, had originally signed with Oklahoma State out of high school but didn’t get through the academnic clearinghouse. He ended up at Barstow through the college’s assistant coach Kenneth Roy who knew him from the AAU circuit.

“I thought my basketball career was over so it’s nice to be going on to a Division I school,” he said. “Everything worked out in th end.”

Brown’s decision gives the Vikings two Division I players. Earlier guard La Vanne Pennington decided on San Jose State. Give coach Reggie Howard credit for reviving a program that had been in the tank and moving quality players on to the next level as well.