FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Ronnie Brewer, a guard at Arkansas, has been named to a freshman All-America team selected by Rivals.com while teammate Olu Famutimi has earned honorable mention honors.
Brewer is on the second team with the following explanation: “Did it all this season, just like his father, former Hogs star Ron Brewer.”
Brewer made immediate contributions this season, ranking second on the team in scoring (12.6 ppg), and first in rebounding (5.7), assists (3.5) and steals (2.1). Going into UA’s Southeastern Conference Tournament opener Thursday at 2:15 p.m. (central) against South Carolina, he is fifth in the league in steals, seventh in assists and 17th in rebounding.
“He’s had a huge impact on our program,” head coach Stan Heath says. “I really feel like he is the key to our future success. With his versatility, he has the ability to lift other players up and really elevate everybody’s game.”
Among SEC freshmen, he is second in scoring and rebounding, and first in assists, steals and field goals made (124), and seventh in blocked shots (0.7).
The only player to start all 27 games for the Razorbacks, Brewer has led the team in scoring four times, in rebounding a team-high eight times, in assists a team-high 15 times, and has been in double figures scoring 18 times. His highs this year are 23 points, 10 rebounds, eight assists, six steals and three blocked shots.
Famutimi, who was slowed by a right knee injury suffered in February 2003, has also had an impact in his first year, averaging 6.8 points and 3.3 rebounds per game. Among SEC freshmen, he is sixth in scoring, rebounding and steals (0.88), and fifth in field goals made (68).
“I’m really happy for him because he has worked so hard to regain his health,” Heath said. “I expect him to continue working and really blossom in the future.”
He has led the team in scoring once and in rebounding five times, and he’s been in double figures scoring six times. His highs are 18 points, eight rebounds, four assists, three steals and two blocked shots.
The Rivals.com first team includes Kris Humphries of Minnesota, Chris Paul of Wake Forest, Loul Deng of Duke, Sean Banks of Memphis and Curtis Stinson of Iowa State.
Joining Brewer on the second team are Chris Taft of Pittsburgh, Leon Power of California, Brandon Bass of LSU and Paul Millsap of Louisiana Tech.
Other players earning honorable mention recognition with Famutimi are J.R. Giddens, Kansas; Drew Lavender, Oklahoma; Adam Morrison, Gonzo; Ben Lubber, Penn State; Lines Celia, Missouri; Trevor Aria, UCLA; Courtney Sims, Michigan; Will Blalock, Iowa State; Shannon Brown, Michigan State; Guillermo Diaz, Miami (Fla.); Mustafa Shaker, Arizona; Ken Tot, Oral Roberts; Andrew Bout, Utah; Charlie Villanueva, Connecticut; Engine Astor, N.C. State; P.J. Tucker, Texas; Marlin Smith, Penn State; Alexander Johnson, Florida State.