Brown named NJCAA 1st Team All-American
Reigning ACCAC Freshman of the Year only frosh on 10-man 1st Team list
Phoenix, Arizona – April 10, 2014 -- Phoenix College is proud to announce that PC Men’s Basketball player Brandon Brown has been named as an NJCAA Division II Men’s Basketball 1st Team All-American. Brown is the only freshman in the 10-player contingent to be named to the 1st Team of the NJCAA DII All-American squad, and he’s the only ACCAC Men’s Basketball player to be named to the 1st or 2nd team in either Division I or Division II. The announcement comes just a little under three weeks after Brown was named the NJCAA Division II Men’s Basketball Championship Tournament Most Valuable Player after leading the Bears to the first men’s basketball national title in the 93-year history of the program. Brown is one of just four members of ACCAC Men’s Basketball teams to earn NJCAA All-American status this season.
ACCAC Freshman of the Year. 1st Team All-Region I. 1st Team All-ACCAC. ACCAC Player of the Year Runner-up. NJCAA Tournament MVP. Now NJCAA 1st Team All-American. All within the span of six weeks. Not too shabby for a student-athlete that quietly walked into preseason drills this past fall and was promptly handed the basketball by Bears’ Men’s Head Basketball Coach Matt Gordon and told to become the ‘floor general’ of the squad. An alumnus of Cesar Chavez High School in Laveen, Brown spent much of the first half of the season trying to learn the balance between getting his teammates involved and keeping himself an important cog to generate wins for the Bears. Fans and coaches alike saw that balance hit its stride in late January when Brown helped lead the team from a disappointing two-game losing skid to a season-ending 13-game winning streak. Brown led the Bears in scoring in nearly half of the 35 games he played in might be what most fans would point to as his biggest success, but the real mark of Brown’s progress was exemplified by the early-February stretch where he posted a ‘double-double’ in points and assists in four straight games; and gradually ascended to become the ACCAC Assists Champion for 2013-14 with a 6.1 assists-per-game average (which also placed him 10th in the nation in that category). Brown was of only five players in the ACCAC to average 20 points or more on the season (20.1 PPG, 4th ACCAC), and Brown finished in the ACCAC Top 20 in both free throw shooting (75%, T-13th) and steals (1.3, T-16th). Finally, if there was one game highlight that fans will remember from the season, it’s likely Brown’s 28-foot three-pointer in the final minute of the NJCAA Tournament Semifinal against Central-Columbus that catapulted the Bears into their first-ever championship game, and ultimately their first-ever national title. “Brandon had a tremendous year and deserves all the awards that he is receiving,” said Gordon. “He really grew as a point guard and the leader of our team as the season went along, which allowed us to play our best basketball late in the season, and into the playoffs. I am extremely happy for him as a person, as he has really matured this year-both as a person and a player.”
Now Brown will try to finish another ‘season’ strong when he takes his final exams next month to complete his freshman year at PC. Brown will become the main building block for the Bears’ defense of their national title when he returns to the Bears’ fold for his sophomore campaign next winter.