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Rainmen courting former NCAA champion Brown

The Halifax Rainmen are in pursuit of a point guard who ran the floor for an NCAA championship team.

Taliek Brown, who achieved March Madness supremacy with the Connecticut Huskies in 2004, is expected to be signed before Friday’s much-anticipated showdown with the first-place Puerto Rico Capitanes at the Metro Centre.

A source said the Rainmen have targeted Brown as a replacement for Adris DeLeon, who left two weeks ago to join his national team in the Dominican Republic.

Rainmen owner Andre Levingston would not confirm his interest, but has said he’s “in no rush” to replace DeLeon.

The six-foot-one Brown was a starter for Connecticut, which also featured current NBA standouts Ben Gordon and Emeka Okafor. He finished fourth in the NCAA in assists in 2003-04 with 6.7 per game and averaged 7.8 points in four seasons.

The 27-year-old scored nine points and added six rebounds and four assists when the Huskies beat the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 82-73 in the 2004 NCAA final.

Brown spent the 2008-09 season in the Balkan League, averaging 11.1 points and 2.1 assists in 10 games.

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