WCC Preseason Power Rankings: No. 4, Jared Brownridge, Santa Clara
Weight: 200 pounds
2014–15 stats: 32 starts, 33.7 minutes, 15.9 points, 2.9 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1.1 steals, 44% FG, 43% 3FG.
Key quote: “He’s really special. We knew that when we recruited him.” ~Santa Clara coach Kerry Keating, January 2014
Yes, he’s a great shooter and scorer, the type that can chalk up points as quickly as a pixellated Mario pinging coins. Take the 12 he scored in less than five minutes last season against Gonzaga. Or his game-winning escapades at Saint Mary’s as a freshman. When Jared Brownridge gets cookin’, it’s a brilliant sight to behold.
He’ll end up as one of the best players to come through the West Coast Conference in recent memory. He’ll keep re-writing Santa Clara program record books. But Kerry Keating will tell you that what truly sets Brownridge apart is the fact that he’s just, simply, a good dude.
When Keating recruited Brownridge, they’d have discussions that went way beyond the basketball court. Like, what it meant to be a leader. That’s something that Brownridge will bear in mind this season for another Broncos team steeped in youth—as well as serious talent. Santa Clara was a Tyler Haws jumper away from cracking the conference tournament semifinals last season.
It was at the WCC tournament that Brownridge showed some of the parts of his game that get bypassed far too often. Like, dude pushes pace with the best in transition. And he drops some absolute dimes—for example, the no-look, one-handed lefty variety, off the bounce.
It hints at his unselfishness. It’s a testament to his character. It’s a big reason why Keating could look out at the audience, following that final game of this past season, and say that he knew exactly where this team is going. ‘15–16 should be a really fun ride.