Bucs land transfer Ty Brewer from Southeastern Louisiana Brewer brothers reunite in Johnson City

Published 4:52 pm Thursday, April 16, 2020


A year after landing Ledarrius Brewer (Meridian, Miss.) from Southeast Missouri State, ETSU men’s basketball head coach Steve Forbes and his staff announced on Thursday that his brother Ty Brewer (Meridian, Miss.) is transferring to ETSU from Southeastern Louisiana.

Brewer, a 6-foot-7, 210-pound forward, totaled 563 points, 313 rebounds, 56 steals and 31 blocks in 57 career games (31 starts) with the Lions. This past season, as a sophomore, Brewer played in all 31 games (28 starts), averaging 14.9 points, 7.7 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game.

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Ty is a tremendous athlete and can score the ball from anywhere on the court,” said Forbes. “He played his best games this past year against the top teams on SE Louisiana’s schedule.

“I’m excited for Ty and his family that he will once again be playing alongside his brother at ETSU. Ty played this past year for one of my former assistant coaches, David Kiefer, who I have the utmost respect for.”

Brewer ranked fifth in the Southland Conference in rebounding and field goal percentage (.479) and 10th in scoring this season. The Meridian, Miss. native also scored in double figures 24 times, including seven games with over 20 points and tallied nine double-doubles.

In three games against Power-5 programs (Vanderbilt, Ole Miss, Oklahoma State) this past season, Brewer averaged 23.3 points and 10.0 rebounds, while shooting 58 percent (30-of-52) from the field.

Brewer scored a career-high 30 points on 13-of-17 shooting (4-for-5 from three) at Ole Miss, totaled 26 points and 12 rebounds at Vanderbilt and registered 14 points and 12 rebounds at Oklahoma State.

Brewer also opened the 2019-20 season with a 17-point and career-high 14-rebound effort at Tulane.

Playing with his brother was part of Brewer’s decision, but the culture Coach Forbes and his staff have built at ETSU also played a key factor. 

“I love the culture of the ETSU program.  I also love the passion they practice and play with,” said Brewer. “I chose ETSU because I felt the coaching staff can help me grow, not only as a player but as a man.

“I love the relationships the players have with each other and the coaches. I think having great relationships are very important and I already have a great one with my brother, Ledarrius.”

Between Ty and Ledarrius, the Brewer duo have combined for 1,374 points, 567 rebounds, 124 assists, 119 steals and 57 blocks in 117 games at the Division I level.

Brewer is one of three Bucs who signed on Thursday as he joins Jalen Johnson and Silas Adheke, while incoming freshman Paul Smith inked with ETSU back in November.

“My staff did a tremendous job recruiting each one of these young men during a very difficult time in our nation’s history,” said Forbes. “They stayed diligent in their efforts and were aggressive in attracting these fine young men to Johnson City. I’m very proud of their determination and results.

“Throughout all of the conversations I had with each of them during their recruitment, I came away very impressed with their commitment to be a part of the program we have built at ETSU over the past five years.

“This group is fully aware of our success and they are anxious to join the returning players in defending our SoCon title this upcoming season.”