Brown named MAC Freshman of the YearWritten by Zach Davis | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Toledo point guard Juice Brown has been named the Mid-American Conference Freshman of the Year for the 2012 campaign.
Brown finished with 16 total votes for Freshman of the Year, as voted on by the 24-member MAC News Media Association panel. Miami’s Brian Sullivan finished second with five votes while CMU’s Austin McBroom and NIU’s Abdel Nader recorded two and one vote, respectively.
In his first season, Brown started all 32 games for the Rockets, leading all league freshman averaging 11.8 points and 4.9 assists with a 1.5 assist/turnover ratio. He also ranks fourth in the conference overall in assists, seventh in assist/turnover ratio and 15th in points.
“I’m very happy for Julius and his family that he is receiving this award,” Toledo Head Coach Tod Kowalczyk said. “I thought he was clearly the best freshman in the MAC this season and he’s extremely deserving of this honor. He possesses tremendous talent, is a hard worker and is extremely coachable. The fact that he is going to be a Rocket for three more years bodes well for our future.”
Brown finished sixth nationally in assists, helping UT finish the regular season with a 16-15 record, 12 games better than last season’s 4-28 mark. He was named MAC Player of the Week twice and also the league’s Freshman of the Month in February.