Blackwell, Brown set to face off Saturday at Fresno State
Two of the most decorated basketball players in Woodcreek history will share the playing court for the first time since 2015 on Saturday – this time as opponents.
Noah Blackwell and Jordan Brown will play against one another after spending one year together at Woodcreek during the 2014–15 season, when the Timberwolves made it all the way to the Northern California finals.
Upon graduation in 2015, Blackwell joined Long Beach State, where he played for two seasons before deciding to transfer. After sitting out last season due to NCAA rules, Blackwell came back closer to home and joined Fresno State.
“It’s great (starting off conference play with two straight wins),” Blackwell told the Fresno Bee Saturday. “I haven’t started off this well in my career. I'm excited and can’t wait to move forward.”
So far this season, Blackwell has averaged 8.4 points and 4.6 assists. His best game so far this season came against his former team, Long Beach State, where Blackwell had a career-high 22 points. Additionally, Blackwell got an early Christmas present a few weeks prior, where he earned Mountain West Player of the Week on Dec. 24. Blackwell became the first Bulldog in two years to win that award.
“I'm blessed and extremely happy,” Blackwell said on the award. “I couldn’t do it without my teammates or coaches, so caps off to them as well.”
Upon Blackwell graduating, Brown took the role of star player for the Timberwolves, guiding them to a 20-9 record in his sophomore season and a 32-3 record in his junior year, where Brown led Woodcreek to a Sierra Foothill League, Sac-Joaquin Section and NorCal championship before losing the state title game.
In his senior season, Brown transferred to national prep school, Prolific Prep to finish out his high school career. Brown became a McDonald’s All-American, one of the highest accolades for a prep player. Brown later chose University of Nevada, Reno as his college choice, which has put together an impressive season thus far, ranking in the Top-10 in every media poll.
Brown so far this season has averaged 3.9 points and 2.5 rebounds in limited action behind a very deep and experienced Nevada team.
Nevada and Fresno State, both members of the Mountain West Conference, play each other twice a year for basketball. With the first meeting set for Saturday at Fresno State and Feb. 23 at University of Nevada.
“It will be fun (to play against Noah),” Brown told the Press Tribune in May on playing his former teammate. “It has been awhile since we played together and it will be good to see him again.”
Both players look to help lead their school to a conference championship. With Fresno State at 11-3 as of Wednesday and Nevada at 14-1, they may very well collide again for the Mountain West championship.