Branch, a 6-foot-5, 180-pound shooting guard, never stopped working on his game during his year away from school. That work ethic served him well during the 2010-11 season, when he starred as a freshman for the Cloud County Community College team in Concordia, Kan."It went pretty well," Branch said. "We went 19-11, lost in the first round of the playoffs. I was the starting shooting guard. I [averaged] 17 points a game, four rebounds, two assists."