Jaedyn Brown sets Pullman High School single season 3-point record — again

Brown has shot 111 3-pointers and counting, plays in state tournament 2 p.m. Saturday



Pullman point guard Jaedyn Brown shoots a free throw during a high school basketball playoff game against East Valley (Yakima), Feb. 18, 2023, in Pullman, Wash.

SAM TAYLOR, Evergreen managing editor

Pullman High School has a new 3-point record, but not a new record holder.

On Saturday, Jaedyn Brown scored six 3-pointers including his 110th and 111th of the 2022–23 season, surpassing his previous career high and school record of 109 3-pointers from last season.

His 109 3-pointers were already an astounding record that surpassed the previous school record of 68.

As per usual, Jaedyn’s six 3-pointers came from all over the floor and almost as impressive as his makes were his misses.

“We give him the green light whenever he thinks that he can make it, I let him shoot it,” said Craig Brantner, PHS varsity boys basketball head coach.

Pullman boys basketball head coach Craig Brantner speaks with his team during a high school basketball game against Rogers, Feb. 7, 2023, in Pullman, Wash.

At one point, Jaedyn attempted a 3-point shot from the far left corner. With his back to the visiting team’s bench, Jaedyn jumped and veered off to his left. Given the fact he had to move to his left during his jump, one might have expected the ball to fall nowhere near the basket but it nonetheless rattled off the rim.

“You’re gonna shoot some things that might seem a little funky to other people. But for me, that’s just a daily shot that I take. Just practicing that because you never know when you’re going to need them,” Jaedyn said.

Pullman point guard Jaedyn Brown goes up for a shot during the 2A district championship basketball game against West Valley, Feb.16, 2023, in Pullman, Wash.

One cannot blame Jaedyn for taking that particular shot. Earlier in the game, he hit one of his six threes from the same spot — the left corner —  despite East Valley’s apparent desire to prevent him from ever making any shots.

While this is Jaedyn’s second straight year setting the PHS 3-point record, Greyhounds fans can only wonder what he might have done if he was given a proper sophomore season.

“[Jaedyn] made himself a good shooter before he ever got here. I mean, I think the very first time he ever put on a uniform during COVID He made five threes in the game and that was with COVID we practiced five times and played the game so we hadn’t seen him very much,” Brantner said. “He’s just an exceptional player. So I’m glad we have him.”

Jaedyn takes great confidence in his game and ensures his success is not a mistake.

Jaedyn’s family moved to Pullman during his sophomore year after his father, Travis Brown, began working in the neuroscience department at WSU.

Jaedyn said his father is often his sharpest critic and credits him for helping develop his work ethic and basketball skills.

Pullman High School recognizes senior point guard Jaedyn Brown during senior night before a basketball game against Rogers High School, Feb. 7, 2023, in Pullman, Wash.

“I’m here from like, five hours before the game getting shots up, maybe grabbing a bite to eat in between, you’re still getting shots up two hours before,” Brown said.

Despite all the hard work he puts in, Jaedyn does not forget to have fun, even if it may anger his opponents.

“I don’t know if it looks like it, but I’m trying to have fun out there. I mean, I’m laughing and joking around saying that, ‘Hey, we’re gonna be together here for a long time and your face scarred me. So let’s have a conversation.’ Some don’t like that, but I enjoy it. I’m just trying to have fun, keep it light,” Jaedyn said.

Jaedyn’s on-court dynamics help keep him relaxed. By playing relaxed, he can be a level-headed leader for his teammates and routinely make plays that look like they belong in Beasley Coliseum rather than the Pullman gym.

Once a game, Jaedyn can be counted on to make 3-pointers off the dribble from the corner or from way downtown, nowhere near the 3-point line. On Saturday, he made each of these shots.

Standing face to face with a defender, Jaedyn faked out a defender causing him to veer off to his right. In the slight moment of hesitation, he sidestepped to his left and fired away a three before the defender could recover.

The sidestep is one of Jaedyn’s favorite shots.

“I love love, love coming to the right, a little Heisey you know, pull it back to my left and shoot that. So I love that. Those are my favorite,” Jaedyn said. “But honestly, we’re just trying to get the wins out there and that’s what’s going to help us.”

In another instance, he fired a contested shot from about three feet away from the 3-point line in front of the Pullman student section. He made contact with the ground at about the same time the shot fell through the hoop as the gym erupted.

Jaedyn scores often but is the opposite of selfish and puts his teammates in positions to win.

In Pullman’s Greater Spokane League Championship win, Jaedyn, swarmed by defenders, pitched the ball to teammate Caleb Northcroft allowing him to shoot and make a 3-pointer.

Pullman point guard Jaedyn Brown high-fives shooting guard Champ Powaukee after an alley-oop dunk during a high school basketball game against Rogers, Feb. 7, 2023, in Pullman, Wash.

Plays like that are basic basketball and will be key to the Greyhounds’ run in the state tournament, an opportunity to compete they do not take lightly.

Pullman point guard Jaedyn Brown dunks the ball during a basketball district playoff game against Rogers, Feb. 14, 2023, in Pullman, Wash.

“It’s crazy to think that these could be our last couple of games together, especially as a senior in high school and just trying to enjoy the process. I mean, not a lot of people get to play in the postseason. That’s why there’s only eight to 16 of us. Just enjoying it as it comes by and trying to try to really focus down and get the nitty gritty done,” Jaedyn said.

Pullman plays R.A. Long HS in the first round of the WIAA 2A boys basketball tournament at 2 p.m. Saturday at West Valley HS in Spokane.