Men's Basketball

23  Brandon Ewing
Brandon Ewing


Chicago, Ill.

High School:

Height / Weight:
6-2 / 190

Point Guard


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2008-09: As a senior in 2008-09, Brandon Ewing will be closing out a storied career with the Cowboys. He returns as one of the top players in the Mountain West Conference, after being named preseason All-Conference by the league's media prior to the season. He was also selected as a Preseason Honorable Mention All-American for high major schools. While he has led the league in scoring in each of the past two seasons, Ewing is far from just a scorer. He also ranked second in the MWC in assists as a junior (4.03 apg) and eighth as a sophomore (3.06 apg). Ewing not only has a chance to become the first player in MWC history to lead the league in scoring three times, he also enters his senior season as the sixth highest scorer in league history with 1,556 career points. That total is also the 10th highest in Wyoming history.

2007-08: Ewing led the MWC in scoring (17.2 ppg) for the second consecutive season, becoming just the second player in MWC history to lead the league in scoring in back-to-back seasons. He also led the MWC in minutes played (38.0) and ranked second in assists (4.03 apg). Ewing received numerous postseason awards from various organizations. He was named to the All-District VII team by the United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA), was a Second Team All-MWC selection by the league's media and coaches and was named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) All-District 13 Second Team, all for the second consecutive season. Prior to the 2007-08 season, he was voted the Top Returning Player in the MWC by the MWC media. Ewing also ranked No. 3 in the MWC for free-throw percentage (.826), tied for No. 5 in three-point field goals (2.00 pg) and ranked No. 7 in field-goal percentage (.431). He scored a season high 29 points against Colorado State in the opening round of the MWC Championships. He also scored 20 or more points in 11 other games his junior season, including seven in league play. Ewing has scored 1,556 career points to rank No. 10 in Wyoming history, and he has handed out 305 assists to rank No. 8 in school history. He has started all 93 career games in which he has played. He was selected as the MWC Player of the Week on Dec. 3, 2007 after great performances against Arkansas-Pine Bluff and Akron.

2006-07: Ewing was the MWC scoring champion in his sophomore season of 2006-07 season, averaging 19.9 points per game, becoming only the second Cowboy to do so -- the other being Marcus Bailey (17.4 ppg) in the 2000-01 season. He also ranked 28th in the NCAA in scoring, and became the first player in University of Wyoming school history to score 1,000 career points before the conclusion of his sophomore season. Ewing ended his sophomore campaign having scored 1,039 career points. He also ranked No. 8 in the MWC in assists (3.06 apg), No. 8 in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.14 to 1.00), No. 8 in free-throw percentage (.805), No. 11 in steals (1.32 spg) and No. 15 in three-pointers made (1.61 pg). He did all that while being one of the ironmen of the league, ranking second in the league in minutes played (36.97 mpg) behind his teammate Brad Jones (37.10 mpg). He was named First Team All-District VIII by the USBWA, and earned Second Team All-District 13 by the NABC. Ewing received Second Team All-MWC honors from conference coaches and media.

2005-06: Ewing was one of the outstanding players in the MWC as a true freshman. In conference play, he ranked fifth in the conference in scoring, averaging 15.9 points per game. He concluded his freshman campaign as one of five individuals named to the MWC All-Tournament team. Ewing led the Cowboys to the MWC Championship Game before losing 64-69 in overtime to regular-season champion San Diego State. He averaged 17.0 points per game in the tournament, finishing with 22 in the title game. Ewing also earned Third Team All-Conference honors as a freshman. He broke the MWC freshman scoring record in all games (423 points) and in conference games (255 points). The previous records were 413 points in all games by SDSU's Brandon Heath (2003-04) and 182 in MWC games by Andrew Bogut of Utah (2003-04). Ewing led the Cowboys in scoring as a freshman and ranked No. 9 in the MWC in all games, averaging 13.2 points per game. He also led the Cowboys in steals and ranked No. 8 in the MWC (1.56 spg). He was fourth in the league in FT% (.792), and ranked No. 8 in assists (2.78 apg). Ewing was the only Cowboy to start all 32 games in 2005-06, and led the Pokes in minutes played (35.2 mpg). In conference games only, he ranked among the league leaders in six statistical categories. In addition to ranking No. 5 in scoring (15.9 ppg), the freshman ranked No. 3 in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.37 to 1.00), No. 7 in assists (3.00 apg), No. 7 in steals (1.69 spg), No. 10 in FT% (.762) and No. 17 in threes (1.38 per game). He became only the fourth freshman in school history to average double figures in scoring. With his 13.2 point-per-game average, Ewing trailed only Fennis Dembo (13.5 ppg in 1984-85), Charles Bradley (13.7 ppg in 1977-78) and LaDrell Whitehead (14.9 ppg in 1994-95) as the top freshman scorers in UW history. He was named MWC Co-Player of the Week on Jan. 16, 2006, after leading Wyoming to home wins over Air Force and New Mexico. He scored 23 points, and also handed out a season high seven assists vs. UNM. Ewing had seven 20-point scoring games as a freshman, scoring 21 points vs. Montana State, 23 vs. New Mexico, 21 at BYU, a season high 26 vs. Utah, 25 vs. BYU, 25 at Utah and 22 vs. San Diego State in the MWC Tournament Championship game.

High School/Personal: Ewing enjoyed an outstanding high school career at Julian High School in Chicago, Ill. Ewing earned All-State, All-Area and All-City honors his senior season, while averaging 21 points, eight assists, six rebounds and four assists per game. He played in the highest classification in Illinois, Class AA.

Ewing led Julian High School to a 25-3 record and the Super Sectionals of the 2005 Illinois Class AA State Playoffs his senior season. He played in one of the most competitive leagues in the state of Illinois -- the Chicago Public League's Red-South Conference. In addition to earning All-State, All-Area and All-City honors as a senior, he was also runner-up for his conference's Player of the Year award. During his four-year playing career, he helped lead Julian High to a combined 95-28 (.772) record. The summer prior to his senior year of high school, he averaged 23 points a game for the Meanstreets AAU team which was ranked fourth in the nation, and was coached by NFL wide receiver Tai Streets. Ewing averaged 16 points, eight assists, five rebounds and five steals as a junior, earning All-Area, All-City and All Red-South Conference accolades as Julian posted a 25-5 mark and advanced to the Sectionals of the state playoffs. His sophomore year, Julian High posted a 23-9 record on way to the Super Sectionals of the state playoffs. He averaged 13 points, six assists, five rebounds and five steals as a sophomore. He began his varsity career playing as a freshman on a Julian team that featured future Duke guard Sean Dockery. Ewing was elected a team captain his sophomore, junior and senior seasons. An All-Academic honoree, Ewing graduated 30th in a class of 321 at Julian High School. A member of the yearbook club, he also was his school newspaper's sports editor. He was coached in high school by Loren Jackson.

Born Dec. 9, 1986, he is the son of Sharon and Rick Patrice. Ewing was recruited by Akron, Ball State, DePaul, Illinois, Iowa State, Louisville, Marquette and UNLV. He is majoring in social sciences.

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