Fresno State forward Jerry Brown to finish career at Santa Clara

Jerry Brown, who is graduating from Fresno State this spring, will use his final season of eligibility at Santa Clara in the West Coast Conference.

The 6-foot-7 forward played in 30 games for the Bulldogs last season, starting 21. He averaged 5.3 points and 4.3 rebounds per game and was selected as the team’s outstanding defender.

Fresno State has 6-9 Braeden Anderson and 6-10 Tanner Giddings returning next season as sophomores, and in the Class of 2013 has recruited forwards Alex Davis from Hutchinson Community College and Soma Edo from Berkner High in Richardson, Texas, as well as wing Paul Watson from Paradise Valley High in Phoenix and point guard Emmanuel Owootoah from Codria High in Hazard, Ky.

Fresno State gets Anderson on rebound, and hoping he can do just that

Braeden Anderson

Braeden Anderson will play in his first game for Fresno State on Wednesday, his first matchup a tough one against Nevada-Las Vegas. But it also is against opponents he is familiar with in Anthony Bennett and Khem Birch, all three playing last year at the Canadian national team training camp.

The 6-foot-9 forward, who came to Fresno State after failing to gain entrance to Kansas after the NCAA deemed him a partial academic qualifier, will drag some expectations onto the court with him.

But if he can pull some rebounds and add some physicality around the basket, the Bulldogs, who have been lacking both to this point, figure to be better for it.

“Having not played in two years, getting a chance to play, he’s going to be a guy that probably has a few nerves when he gets out there,” coach Rodney Terry said. “Braeden is a freshman. He’s a young player who right now is still a raw player, a player that is developing and has a chance to come in and play with a motor and give us some physicality both on the defensive end and the offensive end.

“We’re hoping that he can do that for us now. Like any young player he’s going to have to understand the importance of holding a block-out — you may have to have three block-outs on one possession. Guys at this level are not going to settle for one block-out, they’re going to keep coming, so you have to hit them again and hit them again. That’s going to be a big adjustment for him.

“It takes playing and getting experience to do that and that’s one thing that he lacks right now and he’s going to have to try to get a lot of it here pretty quick.”

Bennett, a 6-8 freshman, is leading the Rebels with 18.5 points and 8.5 rebounds per game. Birch, a 6-9 transfer from Pitt, is averaging 8.2 points and 6.2 rebounds in 13 games and seven starts.

Forward Braeden Anderson finally has a date for Fresno State debut – Feb. 6 vs. UNLV

Fresno State has been waiting to find out when forward Braeden Anderson would be cleared by the NCAA and eligible to play this season and now they know.

The 6-foot-9 Anderson, who came to Fresno State after failing to gain admittance to Kansas as a partial qualifier, will play his first game for the Bulldogs on Feb. 6 against Nevada-Las Vegas at the Save Mart Center. That is about six weeks later than they were expecting and hoping to have him, but late is better than never for a player who will add some needed physicality around the basket.

Fresno State has been out-rebounded in 10 of its 12 games this season including by a 42-26 margin in a 91-78 loss at UCLA on Saturday at Pauley Pavilion.

‘’I think that really helps our team obviously in terms of giving us another guy that can come in and give us a positive contribution,’’ Coach Rodney Terry said. ‘’He’s a physical player. He’s learning how to play on the offensive end in terms of his skill set and things of that nature.

‘’But I think him just knowing that there’s light at the end of the tunnel right now, that we have a date, has really energized him. He’s been much better in practice and much more engaged. We’re excited about his arrival and, again, he’s going to be a guy that comes in and gives us another physical body that can go in and bang around a little bit and hopefully help us on both ends of the floor.

Still no date set for debut of Fresno State forward Braeden Anderson

Fresno State forward Braeden Anderson is to become eligible at some point after the end of the fall semester, but with finals in two weeks the Bulldogs still do not have a game set for his college debut.

The 6-foot-9 forward, who came to Fresno State after he failed to gain entry to Kansas as a partial academic qualifier, still is awaiting clearance from the NCAA. A very loose target date for Anderson has been the Bulldogs’ Dec. 22 game at UCLA, but there still is question whether he will make that game.

‘’No date yet, I wish I had one,’’ Coach Rodney Terry said.

When eligible, Anderson obviously will be behind. But he has the ability to give the Bulldogs an additional presence around the basket, a physical rebounder and defender.

‘’He is a guy that’s going to have to play his way in,” Coach Rodney Terry said. ”Braeden is not an extremely skilled player at this point right now in his career – he’s a freshman. His game right now is going to be running the floor, defending, rebounding and giving us some physicality. That’s what we need from him right now. As his career progresses, the skill-set will get better and better. There’s potential there in that regard.

‘’For now, it’s taking coaching and learning how to apply it in practice, apply it in games. Everything for him, he’s like a sponge right now, soaking up everything. He hasn’t played in two years. He’s going to be a work in progress and, again, he is a freshman. He’s a young player. He’s never played at this level. He missed almost a whole year of high school competition, so he’s a work in progress. But I like what he has to work with in terms of his tools – he’s a guy that can definitely run, can definitely bring some physicality rebounding and hopefully give us a guy that can defend.’’