February 21, 2011

Brown named Peach Belt POTW for third time

By CHRIS WHITAKER
The Americus Times-Recorder


AMERICUS — Phillip Brown joined the ranks of the elite in the Peach Belt Conference on Monday.

The junior forward became the seventh player in Peach Belt history to be awarded Player of the Week three times in a season.

USC Aiken's Chris Common won the award five times during the 2007-08 season.

"I think he's an elite level player, not only in the league, but the country," said coach Mike Leeder.

Brown posted a pair of double-doubles last week, with his latter performance of 25 points and 22 rebounds helping Georgia Southwestern to a triple-overtime 76-74 win against North Georgia. He was 11 of 15 from the floor and made the sealing free throw.

The 22 rebounds was a conference season-high and tied for fifth-most all-time. It marked the first 20-point, 20-rebound performance in the PBC as well.

"He made a couple of big shots down the stretch, made the big rebounds," said Leeder. "Phillip seems to do his best in competitive and close games. He was outstanding on Saturday."

Brown had 14 points and 16 rebounds in the 85-83 triple-overtime loss to Georgia College, and for the two games, he shot 67 percent from the floor and averaged four blocked shots.

Brown leads the PBC at 11.3 rebounds a game with two games to play. Brown is two-tenths away from the single-season record of 11.5.

He was sixth in the nation in rebounding, 13th in field-goal percentage and 25th in blocked shots.

"I'm glad he's a Hurricane, and when we pull out the uniforms, he's on our side," said Leeder. "I'm glad I don't have to play against him."

Brown was named player of the week for back-to-back weeks of Jan. 10 and Jan. 17.

GSW is on top of the Western Division with a two-game lead. The Hurricanes host Columbus State on Wednesday and Clayton State on Saturday to finish the regular season.

They have already won a share of the regular-season title, but one more win will give GSW the West outright entering the PBC Tournament in March.