#10 Brandon McPherson
|HIGH SCHOOL (PREV. SCHOOL)||Lawrence North|
2007-08: Appeared in all 36 games for the Crusaders as a junior, starting on 26 occasions ... finished ninth in Horizon League in 3-point percentage (40.9%) ... hit 48.6% of his field goal attempts, including 44.4% from behind the arc, in Valpo’s 18 league contests, good for ninth and sixth place, respectively, among all league players ... reached double figures in scoring 16 times on the year ... kicked off season with 14-point effort on 6-of-9 shooting against Grace Nov. 12 ... led the Crusaders with 19 points on 6-of-8 from the floor in win at Detroit Dec. 8 ... grabbed a season-best five rebounds and dished out a season-high eight assists in win over Chicago State Dec. 15 ... matched career high with three steals Dec. 22 at Wisconsin ... connected on 7-of-11 shots from the floor, including four triples, en route to team-high 20 points in victory at Youngstown State Jan. 17 ... put up 15 of his 20 points in the second half against the Penguins ... knocked down four triples in front of a national TV audience Feb. 5 against #10/11 Butler ... matched his career-best effort from behind the arc Feb. 7 at Green Bay, connecting on five three-pointers against the Phoenix ... also matched season-highs at Green Bay with 20 points and five rebounds ... scored a team-high 17 points, including 4-of-6 from behind the arc, in win at Milwaukee Feb. 25 ... key part of Valpo’s Horizon League Championship quarterfinal win over Wright State Mar. 7, scoring 16 points, including a perfect 6-for-6 from the charity stripe ... also connected on all six free throw attempts versus Cleveland State Mar. 8 ... came off bench to pour in 18 points on 6-of-9 shooting while also handing out four assists in Valpo’s first-round CBI win at Washington on Mar. 19.
2006-07: Started all 31 games for Valpo during sophomore campaign ... earned Valpo’s Dick Koenig Assist Award, leading Crusaders with 101 helpers on the season ... average of 3.3 assists per game was good for sixth among Mid-Con players ... ranked third in Mid-Con with a 1.51 assist-to-turnover ratio ... finished season second in league in 3-point percentage (.448) ... was highest-ranking guard among Mid-Con players in field goal percentage (.516, 8th) ... became the first Valpo guard since Casey Schmidt in 1992-93 to hit more than 50% of his shots from the field ... put up double figures in scoring in 19 games ... started season with first double-figure scoring effort of his career, registering 10 points Nov. 11 against Calumet ... had a solid all-around game Nov. 18 at Niagara, posting nine points, five rebounds and seven assists ... helped Crusaders to near-upset of #8/9 Marquette Nov. 27, dishing out a career-high nine assists ... hit 5-of-6 field goal attempts Nov. 29, scoring 14 points against #19/18 Butler ... reached 20 points for the first time in his career Dec. 5 at Evansville ... hit eight of his nine shots from the field, including all three 3-point attempts, against the Purple Aces ... scored career-best 24 points against Charlotte Dec. 22 at the Rainbow Classic ... hit 7-of-10 shot attempts, including 5-of-7 from behind the arc, and all five free throws versus the 49ers ... matched that effort the next night in Valpo’s win over San Francisco ... was a perfect 4-for-4 from beyond the arc and 8-for-9 from the charity stripe against the Dons ... scored 16 points twice in a three-game span, Jan. 11 against Oakland and Jan. 18 at Western Illinois ... also handed out seven assists in the win over the Leathernecks ... grabbed a career-high six rebounds Jan. 22 against IPFW ... matched that total in overtime win over Oral Roberts Feb. 1 ... scored 13 points and dished out six assists Feb. 5 at Chicago State ... hit 6-of-8 shots Feb. 8 at IUPUI, accounting for 15 points ... a member of the Mid-Con All-Academic team ... traveled with Athletes in Action squad in August of 2007, playing in Germany.
2005-06: Saw action in 25 games off the bench for the Crusaders as a freshman ... debuted with a steal against IPFW Nov. 23 ... played 11 minutes Nov. 28 versus Indiana-South Bend ... scored four points and grabbed three rebounds against the Titans ... knocked down only shot attempt at #1 Duke Dec. 18 ... saw 20 minutes of playing time Jan. 19 at Chicago State, pulling down four rebounds, including three offensive ... hit 3-of-4 field goal attempts Jan. 26 at Oakland while also dishing out three assists ... registered career-best five rebounds and tied his high with three assists versus Centenary Feb. 2 ... recorded first career block Feb. 9 at IUPUI ... scored a season-best seven points against Niagara Feb. 18, knocking down both of his shots from the floor, including a 3-pointer, and both free throw attempts ... played season-high 23 minutes in the Mid-Con Tournament semifinal against Oral Roberts Mar. 6, scoring six points on 3-of-4 shooting while also grabbing four rebounds ... maintained a sterling 1.92 assist-to-turnover ratio for the season.
Prep: Played three seasons at Lawrence North High School for coach Jack Keefer ... guided Wildcats to IHSAA State Championship as a junior and senior ... named to Indiana All-Star team and garnered first team All-Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference honors as a senior ... named MVP of 2005 Jermaine O’Neal All Star Game ... won IHSAA Mental Attitude Award ... Wildcats won 73 out of 80 games during his three seasons on the team ... teammate of Greg Oden, #1 overall pick in the 2007 NBA Draft ... played for Indiana Red and Indiana Elite AAU teams ... graduated with honors ... also lettered in football.
Personal: Brandon is the son of Bennie Jr. and Jolene McPherson ... graduated from Valparaiso with a bachelor's degree in business management in May of 2009 ... currently enrolled in Valpo's MBA program ... born November 13, 1986.