John Brownlee (born in Fort Worth, Texas, USA) is a former American professional basketball player. He is listed at 6'10" and 230 lbs. He played his first two years of college basketball at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He played just 13 games in his freshman year, averaging 0.7 points per game. In his sophomore season, however, he played 33 games and averaged 1.3 points per game as the designated back up to center Sam Perkins as the Tar Heels won the 1981-82 NCAA Men's Basketball championship. He then transferred to The University of Texas at Austin. He played 28 games in his third season of college basketball, averaging 13.8 points per game. In his final year, he took part in 31 games for the Longhorns and lead the team in scoring with a 17.0 points per game average. This earned him the 1986 Southwest Conference Player of the Year. Brownlee was selected in the fourth round (78th pick overall) of the 1986 NBA Draft by the Los Angeles Clippers. During rookie-free agent camp, Brownlee suffered an injury when he dislocated his little finger during scrimmage. He never got his chance to play in the NBA. He then travelled overseas to France and Belgium to play professionally for 4 years.