Full Name: Brandon Albert Kurtz
Position: Forward / Center
Height/Weight: 6-10 / 255
Birthdate: June 27, 1978 (Fresno, CA)
High School: Centennial HS (Bakersfield, CA)
Has played professionally in Turkey, Italy, and the USBL. Played for the St. Louis Swarm in the USBL in 2002, averaging 6.9 points and 3.6 rebounds in 14 games. Started 2000-01 season with ITU Spor Kulubu Istanbul in Turkey, averaging 14.6 points and 6.8 rebounds in five games. Finished year with Fillattice Imola in Italy, averaging 2.8 points and 2.4 rebounds in nine games. Played for the Oklahoma Storm in the USBL in 2001, averaging 5.7 points and 4.1 rebounds in 30 games. Signed to play for AO Dafni in Greece in 2000-01, but did not compete due to a separated shoulder.
Played final two seasons of collegiate career at Tulsa, after first two seasons at Bakersfield College. Finished fifth on Tulsa’s career blocked shots list with 80. Had 50 career double figure scoring games and 11 double-doubles.
As a senior, averaged 11.2 points and 7.0 rebounds. Led team in rebounding and blocked shots and finished third in scoring. Had seven double figure rebounding games. Scored 15 points and grabbed career-high 18 rebounds at SMU on Mar. 4. Recorded career-high 21 points against TCU on Feb. 5 and was named WAC Player of the Week. Notched back-to-back double-doubles in the WAC Tournament against TCU (Mar. 10) and Fresno State (Mar. 11). Scored 17 points and grabbed 10 rebounds against Miami (FL) in the NCAA Tournament on Mar. 24 and made the South Regional All-Tournament Team.
As a junior, averaged 11.9 points and 6.0 rebounds. Started 27 of 33 games. Led team in scoring and had 26 double figure scoring games. Paced team in scoring nine times and in rebounding six times. Scored career-high 21 points against Wyoming on Jan. 10. Notched a double-double of 12 points and season-high 13 rebounds at SMU on Feb. 25. Was named Second Team All-WAC and was selected to the WAC’s All-Newcomer team.
As a sophomore at Bakersfield, averaged 19.6 points and 11.3 rebounds. Led team in scoring and rebounding. Had career-highs of 39 points, 23 rebounds, and nine blocks. Was named MVP of the Western State Conference and earned California Junior College Player of the Year honors. Had 45 career double-doubles during his two-year career at Bakersfield.
As a freshman, averaged 18.4 points and 12.0 rebounds. Led team team in scoring and rebounding. Blocked career-high nine shots against West Los Angeles. Was named First Team All-Western State Conference.