Aces great signs contract to play in Macedoni
EVANSVILLE, Ind. – In his four years with the University of Evansville men’s basketball, Jaylon Brown improved each and every season. He became the first player in Missouri Valley Conference history to be named to the league’s Most Improved Team on two occasions and the excellence that he displayed while at UE will now be taken to the next level as Brown has signed a professional contract with KK Karpos Sokoli in Skopje, Macedonia.
“It is exciting to take my game to the next level,” Brown said. “I am excited to visit a new country and have the chance to play in the top league in Macedonia.”
His team plays in the Macedonian First League and advanced to the championship series for the first time in 2017, losing to 6-time defending champion MZT Skopje Aerodrom by a 3-2 margin in the 5-game series. His team was established in 1996 and made a large stride last season by being promoted to the ABA League (Adriatic League) last year.
“It means a lot to play professionally and shows that hard work will pay off,” he said. “It is a good opportunity to play pro and take on the best players in Europe.”
Brown will leave the United States in the middle of August to start preseason preparations for his new squad before starting the season in late September. Play can run into May depending on how the playoffs shape up for his squad. He is hoping to return to the USA over the Christmas break.
Throughout his basketball career, Brown has enjoyed great support from his father and family. They made the trip to the majority of Brown’s games through his college career and they look to continue their support.
“My dad is definitely going to fly out a few times and stay for as long as he can. Others in my family will also be traveling to Europe when they have a chance.”
Since wrapping up his career with the Purple Aces in March, Brown has been hard at work finishing up his academics at UE on his way to graduation while also staying in shape with a trainer near his home in the Indianapolis area.
As he prepares for the next step in his career, JB reflected on the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.
“Not being in the same state or country as my family will definitely be a challenge, but that is what college is for. It gets you used to being away from your family; it will not be too big of an adjustment, but will definitely be different not being able to drive home,” Brown explained.
“On the other side, I am looking forward to being in a new surrounding and understanding a new culture. The time difference there may throw me off a little bit, but I will get used to it. I am good at adapting!”