FORT MYERS, Fla. – After helping guide FGCU to its first-ever Atlantic Sun championship and a run to the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 with one of the best statistical seasons in program history, senior Sherwood Brown (Orlando, Fla./Olympia HS) was named an Honorable Mention All-American by the Associated Press on Monday afternoon.
Brown’s All-American Honorable Mention status adds to his list of postseason awards which includes the A-Sun Player of the Year, a unanimous choice to the A-Sun All-Conference first team, the NABC All-District 3 first team and the A-Sun All-Tournament squad.
“I’m really happy for the award, but I couldn’t have done it without the support of my coaches, teammates and the community,” said Brown, who scored 931 of his 1,241 career points in the last two seasons playing for coach Andy Enfield. “FGCU is a special place and I’m happy to say I was a part of the team that brought the deserved national attention to our campus.”
One of just two A-Sun players to rank in the top 10 in scoring and rebounding in each of the last two seasons, Brown posted team-highs of 15.5 points and 6.5 rebounds to rank seventh and eighth, respectively. Brown finished in double figures a team-best 32 times, reaching the 20-point plateau on eight occasions, while the Eagles went 14-4 in games he led them in scoring. The Orlando, Fla. product stepped up his game in the postseason at the A-Sun and NCAA Tournament (6 games), averaging 17.2 points and 8.0 rebounds while shooting 50.7 percent.
Standing just 6-foot-4, Brown coupled his scoring prowess with elite rebounding ability to become FGCU’s all-time leading rebounder with 589 caroms. En route to becoming the program’s all-time leading rebounder, Brown became the first player in program history to record a double-double in four straight games during the year and led the team in rebounding a team-best 16 times.
Brown finished his 119-game career in the blue and green as the only player in program history to accumulated 1,000 points and 500 rebounds. He finished second in FGCU history with 1,241 points, while also ranking fourth in three-pointers made (157), second in offensive rebounds (179), and fourth in steals (120).
FGCU won 14 of its last 17 games to finish with a program Division I record 26 wins (26-11). The Eagles used a 13-5 A-Sun record in the regular season to earn the No. 2 seed in the conference postseason tournament before posting three consecutive double-digit wins en route to the A-Sun title and automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament in just its second year of postseason eligibility. FGCU became the first No. 15 seed in NCAA Tournament history to advance to the Sweet 16 and the first team since the 1987 Florida squad to win its first two tournament games. The Eagles opened with a second round win over No. 2 seed Georgetown and followed with a win over No. 7 seed San Diego State in the third round to earn a trip to Dallas Cowboys Stadium for the South Region semifinals.