BEVERLY, Mass. – Endicott junior guard Keith Brown (Pelham, N.H.) has been named to the 2019 Bevo Francis Award Top 100 Watch List, as announced Small College Basketball (SCB) earlier today. The Bevo Francis Award Top 100 Watch List was established by SCB in 2016 and consists of the top student-athletes in the nation who compete in NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III, NAIA Division I, NAIA Division II, USCAA, and NCCAA.
Brown, who is now a two-time Bevo Francis Award Top 100 Watch List honoree, is currently averaging 22.8 points per game, 5.4 rebounds, and 2.5 assists in 16 games played this season for the Gulls (11-5, 4-3 CCC). Brown also sports a 46.2 field goal percentage, a 47.1 three-point field goal percentage, and an 80.7 free throw percentage.
Among all NCAA Division III student-athletes, Brown ranks No. 16 in points per game, No. 6 in three-point field goals made per game (4.06), No. 21 in three-point field goal percentage, No. 4 in total three-point field goals made (65), No. 12 in total field goals made (127), and No. 11 in total points (365).
This marks the fourth season of the Bevo Francis Award, as the award was previously given to Dominez Burnett of Davenport (Mich.) in 2016, Justin Pitts of Northwest Missouri State in 2017 and Emanuel Terry of Lincoln Memorial last season.
"This was an extremely difficult process, and I am very thankful to our committee for their input and feedback on many players throughout the country," said Small College Basketball Founder John McCarty. "When we look out over the landscape of small college basketball, we're trying to find the best of the best, based on our criteria, out of about 1,100 - 1,200 colleges and universities.
"As such, it's a real honor to be included on this prestigious list. Each of the players on this list is in the midst of a heck of a season, and I congratulate each and every one of them."
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Members of the Bevo Francis Award committee include the following coaches: Tobin Anderson - St. Thomas Aquinas (N.Y.), Gerald Holmes - Bloomfield (N.J.), Gary Stewart - Stevenson (Md.), Arlen Galloway - Wentworth (Mass.), Chris Briggs - Georgetown (Ky.), Bill Dreikosen - Rocky Mountain (Mont.), Klint Pleasant - Rochester (Mich.), Ryan Kane - Ripon (Wisc.), Mark Berokoff – Hillsdale Baptist (Okla.), Mike Donnelly – Florida Southern, Rhett Soliday – Vanguard (Calif.), Sam Hargraves – Alma (Mich.), Greg Mason – Centre (Ky.) and Ryan Looney – Point Loma Nazarene (Calif.).
The committee chose this elite group from over 1,100 colleges and universities and took into consideration individual statistics, previous awards, milestones and team success.
On February 15, SCB will publish the next Watch List with 50 players. The list will be narrowed down to 25 players in a Watch List published on March 15. The finalists will be announced in a highlight video that will be released on April 6.
The 2019 Bevo Francis Award winner will be announced on April 8. The award will be presented to the award winner on May 11 at the SCB National Awards Show in conjunction with the SCB Alumni Association's Celebration of the Game event at the Crowne Plaza in downtown Kansas City, Missouri.
Small College Basketball is very grateful to the University of Rio Grande and Sheward-Fulks Insurance for their sponsorship and support of the Bevo Francis award.
(Photo Credit - David Le '10)