DILLON, Mont. -

The following is by the Montana Western Athletic Department.

University of Montana Western senior guard Brandon Brown, who will graduate in May 2012 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, has signed a contract to play professional basketball in Australia.

Brown is excited about getting the opportunity to fulfill his dream of playing professional basketball. He will begin play next week for the Mount Gambier Pioneers in the Southeast Australian Basketball League.

?This is really something special,? Brown said. ?It is an opportunity that a lot of people never get.?

Head coach Steve Keller has seen the great progress Brown made in his all-around game over the past three years and is confident Brown can be successful at the professional level.

?I am really proud and excited that Brandon has signed a pro contract to play in Australia,? Keller said. ?Brandon has earned this accomplishment with his hard work and dedication to Montana Western and the game of basketball. I know he will take full advantage of this great opportunity. This has been Brandon?s dream since he stepped on our campus and there is no doubt in my mind he will succeed at the next level. No one deserves this more than Brandon Brown.?

For the past two seasons, Brown has been honored as a first team NAIA Division I All-American, has been the Frontier Conference Player of the Year and led the conference in both scoring and assists. In the 2010-11 season, Brown scored 20.2 points and dished out 4.8 assists per game. This past season Brown averaged 22.4 points and 4.6 assists per game. He was also named the Frontier Conference player of the week for Nov. 28, 2011 and named to the All-Tournament team at the national tournament in Kansas City, Mo. this past season.

Brown finished his three-year career at Montana Western with some outstanding statistical numbers. In 101 games, Brown scored 1,770 points for an average of 17.5 points per game. In the 2011-12 season he scored 785 points for an average of 22.4 points per game. Although records at Montana Western are in the process of being researched, it is believed that Brown is the all-time leader for points scored in a career and a season.

Brown also finished his career with 435 assists, 345 rebounds, 185 steals and 17 blocked shots. He made 620-1,262 (.491) field goals, 151-444 (.340) three point shots and 379-523 (.725) free throw attempts. Brown scored 20 or more points in a game 41 times and 30 or more points nine times, with a single game high of 36 points. He also had game highs of 11 rebounds and 11 assists.

Brown helped lead the Bulldogs to the NAIA national tournament in all three of his seasons at Montana Western. In five games over the three seasons, Brown has scored 18, 21, 32, 26 and 30 points. The total of 127 points gives Brown a career scoring average of 25.4 points per game at the NAIA Division I men?s basketball national tournament.