FAYETTEVILLE – Razorback All-American and former NBA first-round draft pick Ronnie Brewer and Arkansas alum Jon Blake have joined the men’s basketball team, said Arkansas head coach Eric Musselman.
Brewer has been named recruiting coordinator and Blake will serve as assistant director for basketball administration.
brewer, the 14th pick in the 2006 Utah Jazz NBA Draft, spent 10 seasons playing professional basketball (2006-16). Brewer played three seasons (2006-10) with the Utah Jazz and played in the 2008 NBA rookie sophomore game. It was traded to the Memphis Grizzlies in January 2010. He then signed with Chicago prior to the 2010-11 season and spent two seasons with the Bulls. Over the next two seasons, Brewer played with the New York Knicks (2012-13), Oklahoma City Thunder (2013), Houston Rockets (2013-14) and a second time with the Bulls (2014). He ended his professional career for one season (2015-16) with the Santa Cruz Warriors.
He scored 3,940 points with 1,427 rebounds and 828 assists in his NBA career. Highlights include playing and starting a career high of 81 games with the Utah Jazz in 2008-09, while averaging a career high of 13.7, and played 81 games in 2010-11, to help the Chicago Bulls set the best record in the NBA (62-20) and advance to the Eastern Conference finals.
After his rookie season in the NBA, he founded the Ronnie Brewer Foundation in 2007 to support communities in risky situations while promoting education, physical fitness, and the importance of teamwork. He also organized annual summer basketball camps for the youth in Fayetteville and has created jobs in Farmington with his Brew Crew Transportation Trucking Company.
In 2009, Brewer received the University of Arkansas’s Silas Hunt Legacy Award, which recognizes African Americans for their significant contribution to the community, state, and nation.
After retiring from professional basketball and alongside his foundation and transportation company, Brewer worked with the boy’s basketball team and a communications teacher, as well as coached the Woodz Elite U16 AAU basketball team, at Fayetteville High School. Brewer has also used his communications background as a host on sports radio talk shows in South Florida and northwest Arkansas.
During his playing career in Arkansas, Brewer was a 2006 All-American, two-time All-SEC first team pick (2005 and ’06), and two All-District pick (2005 and ’06) by both the National Association of Basketball Coaches and the US Basketball Writers Association.
In his three seasons with the Razorbacks, Brewer is 16th on the Arkansas all-time scoring list with 1,416 – behind his father and NBA first-round pick Ron with 1,440 points. He led the Razorbacks in each of his three seasons, including leading the SEC at 83 in 2006, and finished eighth on the school’s all-time steal list. Brewer also led the Hogs in scoring, rebounding, field goals and free throws in 2005 and 2006, while leading the team in assists and 3-point field goal percentage in 2005.
Born in Portland, Oregon, Brewer grew up in Fayetteville and was inducted into the Hall of Greats of Fayetteville High School in 2017. During his time with the Purple Bulldogs, he was elected Mr. Basketball in Arkansas in 2003. He broke the Conference of Corliss Williamson scoring record as a senior and averaged 25 points, nine rebounds and six assists that season.
Despite only playing for the Razorbacks for three seasons (2004-06), Brewer graduated from Arkansas with a degree in journalism in 2015.
Blake, a native of Springdale and Arkansas, spent the past season serving as assistant director of football operations at Southern Cal. Previously, he was operations assistant at the Miami Dolphins in 2019 and for three seasons (2016-2018) as an assistant in the football operations of the Razorbacks.
He served as the Fayetteville Athletic Club Membership Advisor in 2015-16 after serving in the video surgery department for the Arkansas soccer team during the 2014 season. He worked for three years (2011-14) in production at KNWA-TV and Fox 24 News.
He earned his bachelor’s degree in sports management in Arkansas in 2015, as well as his master’s degree in sports management (2017) and physical education and coaching (2019).
Blake played football at Har-Ber High School.
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