DUNK CITY, Fla. – From the Sweet Sixteen to the defending Israeli Super League champions. That will be the next step for FGCU graduating senior Sherwood Brown, who inked a pro contract on Wednesday with Maccabi Bazan Haifa of the Israeli Super League.
Brown, the 2013 Atlantic Sun Player of the Year, is coming off a senior year in which he helped the Eagles become the first-ever No. 15 NCAA Tournament history to advance to the Sweet 16. He along with five of his teammates from the 2012-13 squad are currently in Los Angeles for the ESPYS in hopes of winning the “Best Upset” award.
A product of Orlando, Fla., Brown averaged team-bests of 15.5 points and 6.5 rebounds, figures that both ranked in the top 10 in the A-Sun. Brown finished as the team’s leading scorer in 18 contests (14-4), highlighted by his 24-point and nine-rebound performance in FGCU’s second round win over No. 2 seed Georgetown. Brown’s surreal senior campaign featured 32 double-digit outings, including eight 20-point games, and a program record four-game streak of consecutive double-doubles. Following the season, Brown was named an Associated Press All-American honorable mention while he stacked up three A-Sun Player of the Week awards and the MVP of the Battle 4 Atlantis Tournament hosted by FGCU during the year.
During the Green and Blue’s postseason run through the A-Sun Tournament and the NCAA Tournament in which they went 5-1, Brown averaged 17.2 points and 8.0 rebounds reaching double figures in all six games. Brown led FGCU in scoring three times during the run and closed his career by leading the team in rebounding four straight contests.
"We are excited to have Sherwood Brown join Maccabi Bazan Haifa as he is a strong rebounding guard, who has a lot of potential," said Maccabi Bazan Haifa owner Jeffrey Rosen.
Brown is the only FGCU player in school history to accumulate 1,000 points and 500 rebounds, finishing as the all-time leader on the boards with 589 caroms. Over his final 62 career games as a junior and senior, Brown scored in double figures 52 times helping him finish second all-time with 1,241 points. He also ranks fourth in three-pointers made (157), second in offensive rebounds (179), and fourth in steals (120).