Feb. 7, 2011
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Providence College men's basketball player Marshon Brooks (Stone Mountain, Ga.) has been named the BIG EAST Men's Basketball Player of the Week. The senior guard averaged 33.5 points and 8.5 rebounds in two games, including a 43-point performance at No. 13/14 Georgetown on Saturday, February 5.
After putting up 24 points and grabbing seven rebounds in a win over South Florida on Wednesday, February 2, Brooks became the first Providence player to score over 40 points in a game in over two decades. He finished with 43-points and 10 rebounds, lifting his scoring average to 24.1 points per game, tops in the BIG EAST and third in the nation. He also is first in the BIG EAST in scoring in conference games, averaging 25.4 ppg. It was his seventh double-double of the year, which is tied for second-most in the league.
Brooks' 43-point output against the Hoyas was the highest for a Friar since Eric Murdock scored a conference-record 48 points against Pittsburgh on January 23, 1991. The performance also marks the fifth-highest point total in a BIG EAST Conference game ever and the highest-scoring game for a BIG EAST player in any game this season. It marked the fourth-most points a player has scored against Georgetown in the 104-year history of the program. His 43-points is the eighth-highest single game total in 84 seasons of Friar basketball.
Brooks, who also leads the team in rebounding (7.5 rpg), is the only player in the nation to average more than 24 points and 7.5 rebounds per game.
This is the second Player of the Week award for Brooks, who also earned the honor on December 13 after two 33-point performances in three games. It marks the first time a PC player has earned two BIG EAST Player of the Week honors since Herbert Hill '07 received two in 2007. Brooks has also been named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll on three occasions (Nov. 22, Jan. 10 and Jan. 24) this season.
Brooks, who graduated from Tucker High School (Ga.) in 2007, is the son of Darlyn Brooks and Freddie Woods.
The Friars will return to action on Sunday, February 13, at Connecticut at 7:00 p.m.