Brown named NAIA First Team All-American

UMW News Bureau

Montana Western point guard Brandon Brown was named to the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) All-America first team by the NAIA Men’s Basketball Coaches’ Association All-America Committee. [caption id="" align="alignleft" width="324" caption="Brandon Brown."]Brandon Brown[/caption] The honors keep coming in for University of Montana Western point guard Brandon Brown. Brown, who was previously honored as the 2010-2011 Frontier Conference Player of the Year and first team all-conference, was named to the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) All-America first team by the NAIA Men’s Basketball Coaches’ Association All-America Committee. “Brandon is very deserving of his first team All-America selection," Montana Western Bulldogs head coach Steve Keller remarked. "Minutes after informing him of his reward, his response was, ‘I am not satisfied until we win a Frontier Conference championship.’ Brandon’s work ethic is second to none. He is the first one to the gym and the last one to leave. Many nights a week after 9 p.m. Brandon is seen in the gym working to improve his game.” Brown is the first player from the Montana Western men’s basketball program to earn first team All-America honors. Two former Bulldog players were selected as second team All-Americans: Gary Cooper in 1959 and Ty Thorn in 1999. Bo Segeberg was named a third team All-American in 2005. Brown said his mother delivered the news of her son's most recent accolades. “My mom was the first one to tell me I made first team All-American," Brown said. "She knew it before me." Brown said he was honored to be the first player from the Montana Western men’s program to make the NAIA first team selection. “It’s a good feeling," Brown explained. "It shows what you’re doing is recognized and respected.” Four other Frontier Conference players were also honored. Andy Garland of Carroll College was named to the second team and Michael Stockton of Westminster College was named to the third team. Honorable mention honors went to Jake Orchard of Westminster and Mark Celaya of the University of Great Falls. “I respect their games and am glad they were honored too," Brown said of his fellow Frontier Conference members. "I am also glad we had three teams at the national tournament. It shows respect for our conference and the level of competition within the Frontier.” Brown wrapped up his junior year at Montana Western with a scoring average of 20.23 points per game (627 points), the best in the Frontier Conference and 10th overall in the NAIA. The junior from Tacoma, Wash. also led the conference in assists with 4.84 per game while ranking third in field goal percentage at .527 (231-438). In his final game of the season at the national tournament in Kansas City, Mo., Brown scored 32 points as the Bulldogs came within one field goal of knocking out top-seeded Robert Morris University-Illinois. It was the highest single game point total in the tournament until Trevor Setty of Pikeville College also scored 32 in an overtime victory over Mountain State, 83-76, in the championship game.