March 28, 2011
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - It was announced today that Providence College senior Marshon Brooks (Stone Mountain, Ga.) was named an Associated Press Third Team All-American. Brooks became the first Friar to earn Associated Press All-America Team honors since Ryan Gomes was named to the First Team in 2004. He joins Lenny Wilkens (1960 - Second Team), Jimmy Walker (1965 - Second Team, 1966 - Second Team, 1967 - First Team), Ernie DiGregorio (1973 - First Team), Marvin Barnes (1974 - First Team), Eric Murdock (1991 - Second Team) and Ryan Gomes (2004 - First Team) as the only Friars ever to make one of AP's three All-America squads.
The honors have been accumulating following the season for Brooks. On March 14, he was listed as one of the 20 finalists for the John R. Wooden Award. On March 10, he was named to the USBWA District I All-District Team. On March 9, he was named to the NABC Division I All-District 5 First Team. On March 7, he was named a FOXsports.com Fourth Team All-American, a day after being named First Team All-BIG EAST. On March 25, Brooks was one of 20 players named to the 2011 Lute Olson All-America Team. On March 28, he was named Rhode Island Basketball Writers Division I Player of the Year.
Brooks had one of the greatest offensive seasons in the history of the league. Brooks broke the BIG EAST single-game scoring mark when he recorded 52 points on 20-28 shooting against No. 9 Notre Dame on February 23. His 20 field goals against No. 9 Notre Dame set a BIG EAST record for the most field goals in a game. He also established the BIG EAST single-season scoring mark with 468 points in 18 league games. Brooks set these records while leading the league in scoring in overall action (24.6 ppg) and in league action (26.0 ppg). He averaged 26.0 ppg in 18 league games, which is the fifth highest single-season average in 32 years of BIG EAST play.
He is the only player in the nation that averaged at least 24.0 points per game and 7.0 rebounds per game. His 24.6 ppg average ranks second in the nation. Brooks became the ninth Friar to earn All-BIG EAST First Team honors and the first since Herbert Hill earned the accolade in 2007. It also is the 10th time a PC player has received All-BIG EAST First Team.
Brooks had a very productive season, as he has scored 20 or more points in 26 of 32 games, including four games with 30 or more points. For the season, he recorded 788 points, which ranks as the third-highest single season total in Friar history. He also registered 276 field goals, which is the fourth highest single-season total all-time at PC. He provided 32.5 percent of the team's offense becoming just the second Friar since 1967 to account for at least 30 percent of the team's scoring. That total is the fourth most ever in a single season at Providence.
For his career, Brooks scored 1,629 points (14.4 ppg). He ranks ninth all-time in scoring at Providence College.
Associate Press All-America First Team Jimmer Fredette, BYU, 6-2, 195, senior, Glens Falls, N.Y., 28.5 ppg, 4.2 apg, 40.4 3-pt fg pct, 89.1 ft pct. Nolan Smith, Duke, 6-2, 185, senior, Upper Marlboro, Md., 21.3 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 5.2 apg, 81.6 ft pct. Jared Sullinger, Ohio State, 6-9, 280, freshman, Columbus, Ohio, 17.2 ppg, 10.1 rpg, 53.6 fg pct. Kemba Walker, Connecticut, 6-1, 172, junior, Bronx, N.Y., 23.5 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 4.3 apg, 1.9 steals, 37.5 minutes JaJuan Johnson, Purdue, 6-10, 221, senior, Indianapolis, 20.5 ppg, 8.2 rpg, 81.5 ft pct, 2.3 blocks
Associate Press All-America Second Team Marcus Morris, Kansas, 6-9, 235 junior, Philadelphia, 17.3 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 58.7 fg pct. Derrick Williams, Arizona, 6-8, 241, sophomore, La Mirada, Calif., 19.1 ppg, 8.1 rpg, 61.5 pg pct, 60.3 3-pt fg pct. Ben Hansbrough, Notre Dame, 6-3, 203, senior, Poplar Bluff, Kan., 18.5 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 4.3 apg, 44.1 3-pt fg pct, 81.4 ft pct. Jordan Taylor, Wisconsin, 6-1, 195, junior, Bloomington, Minn., 18.1 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 4.7 apg, 43.3 3-pt fg pct, 84.9 ft pct, 4.2 a/to ratio Kawhi Leonard, San Diego State, 6-7, 225, sophomore, Riverside, Calif., 15.4 ppg, 10.7 rpg.
Associate Press All-America Third Team Jordan Hamilton, Texas, 6-7, 220, sophomore, Compton, Calif., 18.6 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 2.1 apg. Kenneth Faried, Morehead State, 6-8, 228, senior, Newark, N.J., 17.6 ppg, 14.5 rpg, 64.4 fg pct, 2.4 blocks, 2.0 steals Jacob Pullen, Kansas State, 6-0, 200, senior, Maywood, Ill., 19.5 ppg, 3.7 apg, 1.7 steals. Tu Holloway, Xavier, 6-0, 185, junior, Hempstead, N.Y., 20.2 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 5.5 apg, 38.4 minutes, 86.9 ft, pct, 1.5 steals Marshon Brooks, Providence, 6-5, 200, senior, Stone Mountain, Ga., 24.6 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 1.5 steals
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