(8-13-22) The transfer of Luke Brown and Jalen Blackmon both transferring to Stetson University slipped right by us…how did we miss that????

Blackmon and Brown

The NCAA transfer portal seems to get crazier and crazier every year. With Luke Brown it has been a Twilight Zone start to his college career.

Last year Brown he was a part of the Hatters basketball team when all of sudden he announced he was leaving to play back home at Ball State University. His season with the Cardinals had him coming off the bench and not getting the minutes he was hoping for, Then at the end of the season Ball State let the head coach go and hired IU alum Mike Lewis. Shortly after that Brown announced he was leaving.

But who would have thought he would land back at Stetson??? But as of today he is listed on the roster.

The transfer portal sees numerous players moving on from one school to another…but how many have transferred back to their previous school after playing a season at another school.

NY Yankees Hal of Fame Catcher Yogi Berra

“It’s like déjà vu all over again.”

On May 13th Stetson men’s basketball coach Donnie Jones announced the addition of four student-athletes to the Hatters roster for the 2022-23 season.

Two included past Indiana HS All Stars…guard Jalen Blackmon and Luke Brown, a guard who is returning to Stetson after spending the 2021-22 season at Ball State.

Coach Jones –

“I am excited to welcome these four young men to Stetson. They all bring experience and skill sets that fit our style of play and culture.”

Luke Brown

Brown stands out among the incoming players after he originally signed with the Hatters out of Blackford High in Hartford City, Ind. He spent last summer working out with the Hatters before making the last-minute decision to enroll at Ball State University.

Brown, who ranks as the No. 4 all-time leading scorer in Indiana high school basketball history with 3,011 points, saw action in 18 games for the Cardinals this past season, averaging 12.4 minutes per game while scoring 3.3 points per game. His best outing was a 10-point performance at Northern Illinois.

Now you add Marion grad Jalon Blackmon, who transferred after his freshman season at Grand Canyon University to join Brown with the Hatters.

Jalen Blackmon

Blackmon (6-3, 180) is also an Indiana native, from Marion, and was a four-star recruit who knows Brown well from times when they played together in all-star events. He averaged 29.8 points per game in high school.

Blackmon played for his father, James Sr., at Marion High. His dad was a McDonald’s All-American himself and played collegiately at the University of Kentucky before being selected by the then New Jersey Nets in the NBA Draft. He played professionally for nine years.

Blackmon also has two brothers, James Jr. and Vijay, who both played at Indiana. James Jr. is currently playing professionally in Turkey. Jalen played in 23 games last season at Grand Canyon, averaging 8.7 minutes and 2.7 points
per game.