Ira Demon Brown (born August 3, 1982) is a Japanese-American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Osaka Evessa of the Japanese B.League. He had also spent three years with the Hirachi/Shibuya Sunrockers, as well as two years with the Toyama Grouses during his career in Japan.

Ira Brown
アイラ・ブラウン
Ira Brown (cropped).jpg
No. 33 – Osaka Evessa
PositionPower forward
LeagueB.League
Personal information
Born (1982-08-03) August 3, 1982 (age 40)
Corsicana, Texas
NationalityJapanese
Listed height6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Listed weight236 lb (107 kg)
Career information
High schoolWillis (Willis, Texas)
College
NBA draft2009 / Undrafted
Playing career2009–present
Career history
2010Coras de Tepic
2010–2011Asociación Española
2011San Miguel Beermen
2011Lagartos UAN de Tepic
2011–2014Toyama Grouses
2014–2017Sunrockers Shibuya
2017–2019Ryukyu Golden Kings
2019–presentOsaka Evessa
Career highlights and awards
Medals
Men's basketball
Representing  Japan
EABA Championship
Bronze medal – third place 2017 Nagano Team
Ira Brown
Pitcher
Born: (1982-08-03) August 3, 1982 (age 40)
Corsicana, Texas
Bats: Right
Throws: Right

Childhood and AdolescenceEdit

Brown grew up in Corsicana, Texas. [1]

Japanese nationalEdit

He became a Japanese citizen after extensive language testing and a waiting period which took two years. As of 2018, he resides in Okinawa.[2]

He was a member of Japan's national basketball team at the 2016 FIBA Asia Challenge in Tehran, Iran, where he recorded the most rebounds, steals and blocks for his team.[3]

He played 3x3 basketball for Japan in the 2021 Olympics. [4][5]

The Basketball TournamentEdit

Ira Brown played for Team A Few Good Men in the 2018 edition of The Basketball Tournament. In two games, he averaged five points per game and 4.5 rebounds per game on 40 percent shooting. A Few Good Men made it to the Second Round before falling to Team Gael Force.[6]

Baseball careerEdit

He was drafted in 2001 by the Kansas City Royals, and played in the minors for five years. [7]

Career statisticsEdit

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high
Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2011–12 Toyama 52 52 30.6 .475 .323 .625 6.3 1.9 1.4 0.9 12.7
2012–13 Toyama 50 48 31.8 .537 .254 .658 9.1 3.2 2.0 1.2 16.5
2013–14 Toyama 52 52 34.2 .523 .419 .650 10.0 3.3 1.6 2.6 16.8
2014–15 Hitachi 54 45 27.8 .503 .364 .651 7.9 2.1 0.9 1.0 13.7
2015–16 Hitachi 54 50 29.3 .506 .214 .667 6.9 1.9 1.2 0.8 13.2
2016–17 Shibuya 57 44 29.3 .517 .358 .597 8.3 2.5 1.3 0.9 13.7
2017–18 Ryukyu 60 58 28.7 .490 .409 .614 7.0 2.9 1.3 0.8 11.2

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Meet the Texas native who beat the odds and is trying to help Japan's 3x3 basketball team do the same". sports.yahoo.com. Retrieved 2022-06-09.
  2. ^ From Texas To Tokyo: How Ira Brown Found Family In Basketball Abigail Leonard (wbur.org), 10 March 2017. Accessed 8 May 2017.
  3. ^ FIBA Asia Challenge 2016, FIBA.com, accessed 2 May 2017.
  4. ^ "Former Gonzaga forward Ira Brown charts unique path to Olympic Games | The Spokesman-Review". www.spokesman.com. Retrieved 2022-06-09.
  5. ^ "Meet the Texas native who beat the odds and is trying to help Japan's 3x3 basketball team do the same". sports.yahoo.com. Retrieved 2022-06-09.
  6. ^ "Former Zags excited to play in TBT during Hoopfest". krem.com. Retrieved 2022-06-09.
  7. ^ "Ira Brown Stats & Scouting Report - Baseball America". www.baseballamerica.com. Retrieved 2022-06-09.

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