Jordyn Brown’s Motivation On and Off the Court

The love for the game of basketball ran through Jordyn Brown’s blood at an early age.

“My whole family is into basketball. I grew up with parents who both played in college,” said the Fresno City College sophomore guard. 

Brown’s parents both played for Fresno Pacific University, where her mother, Karen Brown once held the record for most career points at FPU. 

Her mother went on to have a brief professional career playing basketball overseas in New Amsterdam.  

Coming from a family of basketball players, Brown seemed destined to play the game of basketball.

“I started playing basketball when I was six years old,” said Brown.

In elementary school, Brown participated in many basketball camps throughout her youth and was on her school’s team.

 But unlike her peers, Brown never lost interest in the game. 

Brown went on to play for her local AAU basketball team in middle school. She then continued her basketball career at Clovis North High School.

Brown played all four years of high school basketball under varsity coach Heather Long. During her time at Clovis North, Brown’s team was ranked No. 26 in the state. Her team made it to the Division 1 Valley Championship game but lost to Clovis West High School. 

“It was an awesome atmosphere to be a part of. That’s where I started to really enjoy playing more than just for fun,” said Brown. 

Coming out of high school, Brown didn’t have any offers from colleges. She met with coaches, but was never offered a scholarship. 

Brown didn’t apply to other colleges for just academics because she knew she wanted to continue to play basketball beyond high school. 

“I knew I was going to come here [FCC]. That’s what I wanted more than anything, to keep playing ball,” said Brown.

Brown gained more confidence in her game when she came to FCC. She began to realize she could go somewhere with her talent.

“It took me a little while to build some confidence, I didn’t really realize my talent until I came here. I feel like this was a second opportunity to get a scholarship out of here,” said Brown 

Coming into FCC’s basketball program as a freshman, Brown was able to start for 11 games and became one of her team’s top scorers. 

Brown carried that momentum into her sophomore season at FCC. She became a team leader on the court, averaging 16.8 points per game while hitting 80% from the free throw line. Like last season, Brown was the top scorer her sophomore season, leading her team into the playoffs. 

Although the Rams lost in playoffs this season, Brown’s season showed just what kind of player universities are looking for.

Brown’s success off the court is just as important to her as her success on the court. She made academic All-State her sophomore season with a 3.8 GPA. 

Brown holds her academics at the same level as her athletics, being able to be successful at both is a standard she holds herself accountable for. 

“If I want to go somewhere after this, I gotta have good grades,” said Brown. “Basketball is only going to take me so far, so school is really important to me. Becoming a physical therapist is my main goal.” 

Brown attributes a lot of her success to her family. Coming from a family of athletes, she wants to follow in their footsteps in every way possible. 

“My parents and family are a big part of that. They are very successful and very driven,” said Brown. “My mom played pro overseas, so I want to follow in her footsteps and be as good as she was or better. My parents and brothers are my number one fans, they help me stay motivated.” 

With her sophomore season over, it’s time to figure out what’s next for Jordyn Brown. 

Brown has offers from Humboldt State University and the University of British Columbia and Bellevue University, where her older brother, Jonah Brown, is currently playing. Wherever Brown ends up playing, she’s determined to succeed.