May. 1, 2000
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
University of Wyoming head basketballcoach Steve McClain announced on Monday the signing of Chad Brown fromChaffey College (Calif.) and Ronell Mingo of Compton Community College(Calif.) to national letters-of-intent.
Chad Brown is a 6-4, 185-pound guard/forward, who averaged 17points, five rebounds and seven assists per game for the 1998-99 season. Heshot 46 percent from the field and 39 percent from the three-point arc,while earning First Team All-Foothill Conference honors for head coachNerses Kapalyan. Brown played his freshman season at Citrus CommunityCollege in Glendora, Calif., where he averaged 25 points, six rebounds andfive assists. He was a First Team All-Foothill Conference selection as afreshman, as well. He did not compete during the 1999-2000 season as he wascompleting his associate of arts degree at Chaffey Community College.
As a high school senior at Don A. Lugo High School in Chino, Calif.,he averaged 22.3 points, six rebounds and five assists for head coach SteveHebert. Brown can play three positions -- point guard, two guard and smallforward.
He is the son of Adrienne and Clarence Brown of Chino, Calif. Brownwas also recruited by Fresno State, Louisville, Long Beach State andPepperdine coming out of junior college.
"Chad (Brown) is a young man we recruited a year ago, but he neededto complete his academic requirements this past year at Chaffey," saidMcClain. "He is a player who brings excellent overall athletic ability toour team, and brings outstanding scoring skills. He can play the one, twoor three spots for us, adding a lot of versatility to our program."
Ronell Mingo is a 6-9, 230-pound forward/center out of ComptonCommunity College in Compton, Calif. He played two seasons at Compton wherehe earned First Team All-Southern California Athletic Conference honors as afreshman, leading his Compton College team in scoring. He was injured forpart of his sophomore season, but still led the conference in blocked shots,averaging 3.4 blocks per game. He also scored 15.5 points per game andpulled down 7.7 rebounds as a sophomore, while shooting 56.0 percent fromthe field and 70.1 percent from the free-throw line. Mingo played for headcoach Damien Powell at Compton Community College.
In high school, Mingo played for head coach Sam Sullivan at FremontHigh School in Los Angeles, Calif. A First Team All-City selection, heaveraged 25 points, 10 rebounds and three blocked shots per game. He wasalso named his conference's Most Valuable Player, and was selected to a highschool all-star team that toured Japan..
He is the grandson of Jessie and Shadrack Mingo. Mingo was alsorecruited out of junior college by Fresno State, Louisville, Oklahoma,Oregon State, Tulane and Washington State.
"You're always looking for that young man to complete your team,"said McClain. "When we signed Ronell (Mingo), I felt like that capped offour recruiting class. He's a very talented, athletic 6-9 player, who blocksshots and can score inside and out. Ronell is a player who many peoplethroughout the country tried to recruit. He is as good an athlete as wehave on our team right now, and brings that added shot-blocking dimension toour team."
"I'm very excited about my decision," said Mingo. "After I made myvisit to Wyoming, I felt like this was the right program for me. I likedthe coaches and the players. I knew Chris McMillian (current Wyoming pointguard) from high school, where we played in an All-Star game together. Ialso was excited about the confidence the players have in the program, and Ilike playing for a team on the rise that's looked at as an underdog rightnow."
Brown and Mingo join Scottie Vines, a 6-2, 185-pound guard from theCollege of Eastern Utah as Wyoming's three spring signees. They also jointhree high school student-athletes who signed with the Wyoming Basketballprogram during the early signing period in November of 1999. Those threeearly signees were: Alex Dunn, a 6-10, 220-pound forward-center from SiouxRapids, Iowa, Joe Ries, a 6-8, 230-pound power forward from St. Louis, Mo.,and David Rottinghaus, a 6-5, 185-pound guard-forward from Charles City,Iowa.