This November, Colville tribal descendant Markeith Brown embarks on a new journey as a member of the NCAA Div. II Black Hills State University basketball team.
BHSU coach Ryan Thompson, whose team went 18-11 last season, expects Brown to make an immediate impact after averaging 26.1 points per game, 4 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals per game last season.
“I’m extremely excited to get to campus and get to work,” he said. “Just the idea of going to school with a big goal to make it the best experience I have ever dreamed of is an amazing thought.”
The 20-year-old had a storied career at Everett Community College, becoming the school’s all-time leading scorer in the history of the program with 1,382 career points. He led the team to back to back Northwest Athletic Conference north division titles for the first time in school history, including last season’s 14-0 record in conference play.
“With Markeith, we’re adding an elite shooter,” Thompson said. “To put up the numbers he did throughout his two-year career at Everett Community College while leading his team to back-to-back region championships speaks to his ability to deliver. ... He has an excellent feel for the game, a knack for scoring at all levels and great court vision.”
Brown, a 6-foot-3 guard who played high school ball for Shadle Park in Spokane, is the son of tribal member Dawn Phillips.
“I’ve always known I was a descendant from Colville and always proudly claimed it,” he said. “It’s very important to me to represent the Indian culture