Bears' Brown Name East Regional Player Of Year
POTSDAM, N.Y.-SUNY Potsdam sophomore men's basketball player Isaiah Brown (Westside, Queens, N.Y./NIA Prep) has been named the -East Region Player of the Year. He is also a member of the All-East first team. Two weeks ago, the forward was named the SUNYAC Player of the Year and first team all-conference. Brown led the Bears and the SUNYAC in scoring this season with 24.2 points-per-game and was second on the team and fifth in the league with 8.6 rebounds-per-game. He was named the conference player of the week four times and the U.S. Basketball Writers Association's Men's Basketball National Player of the Week on February 18. In a 76-62 victory at Oswego State on February 15, Brown scored a career-high 42 points, one shy of the program's single-game record. He is Potsdam's fifth conference player of the year and the first since Steve Babiarz in 1989. In the 19 seasons that D3hoops.com has chosen all-region teams, Brown is the fifth Bear to claim the honor and the first to earn player of the year recognition. Like Brown, Edane Barton '06 was a member of the first team during the 2005-06 season. Eldon Harris '05 was second team in 2004-05. Evril Clayton '05 was a member of the second team in 2003-04 and Andre Peterson '04 was third team in 2001-02. Barton, Clayton and Peterson are each members of the SUNY Potsdam Athletics Hall of Fame. D3hoops.com will announce its All-American teams next week. The Bears posted a 20-7 overall record and a 14-4 mark this season, earning the two seed in the SUNYAC Tournament and reaching the conference championship game. It was Potsdam's first 20-win campaign and SUNYAC Final appearance since 2005.