Less than one week after fellow St. John’s graduate Justin Burrell signed to play in Japan, another member of the Red Storm Class of 2011 is headed abroad to play professionally.
Justin Brownlee, the 6’7″ forward who played two years in a St. John’s uniform, has signed to play with the Toros de Nuevo Laredo (New Laredo Bulls) of the Mexican National Basketball League.
“My ultimate goal is to play in the NBA and hopefully I can accomplish that,” said Brownlee, in a press release. “Thanks [to the fans] for all of the support, I really appreciate it. I am about to go to Mexico and try to represent for St. John’s.”
The Georgia native was integral to the Red Storm’s success last season, averaging just over 12 points and 5 rebounds per game, including strong performances that earned him Most Outstanding Player of both the Aeropostale Holiday Festival and Great Alaska Shootout.
Brownlee, like all members of the St. John’s basketball Class of 2011, was recruited by former St. John’s head coach Norm Roberts. He chose the Red Storm, coming out of Chipola Community College (FL), over Memphis, Kansas, Tennessee, and Arizona.
“For a front line player his size, Justin possesses a rare combination of playmaking and shotmaking,” said head coach Steve Lavin, who coached Brownlee for one season in Queens. “Our Johnnies’ basketball family is pleased to know Justin will be continuing his playing career at the next level.”
Nuevo Laredo is located just inside the Mexico-United States border, about 160 miles from San Antonio, Texas. The Toros are coming off their first championship last season, winning the 16-team league.