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Brewer the First Hog to Earn First-Team All-SE

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Brewer the First Hog to Earn First-Team All-SE
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – One long streak has been snapped while another recent trend has continued for Arkansas when it comes to the All-Southeastern Conference basketball team.

In voting by league coaches, Razorback sophomore guard Ronnie Brewer has been named to the All-SEC first team while center Darian Townes has been named to the SEC All-Freshman team.

Brewer has also been named to the United States Basketball Writers Association first-team All-District 7 squad after earlier this year earning first-team All-District 9 honors from the National Association of Basketball Coaches.

Brewer is the first Arkansas player to earn first-team all-conference honors in 10 years. The last Hogs to make the first team, by either the coaches’ or the Associated Press, were Scotty Thurman and Corliss Williamson in 1995. Since then, 10 Razorbacks have earned either second- or third-team honors.

The Fayetteville native leads Arkansas in scoring (16.4) and rebounding (4.6). He ranks sixth in the SEC in scoring, fifth in field goal percentage (.476), second in steals (2.55), ninth in assists (3.41) and fifth in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.71).

Brewer has led the team in scoring 14 times, in rebounding eight times and in assists seven times. He’s scored in double-figures 27 of 28 games, had four or more rebounds 19 times, three or more assists 22 times, two or more steals 22 times and at least one blocked shot nine times.

A freshman All-American last year, he’s had eight 20-point games and a minimum stat line of 10 points, four rebounds, three assists and two steals in a game 12 times. He’s had highs of 23 points three times, 13 rebounds, six assists, seven steals and twice blocked two shots in a game.

Townes’ selection to the freshman squad extends a current run for the Razorbacks. He is the fourth Arkansas player in the last three years to make the team. Jonathon Modica made the rookie team in 2003, and Brewer and Olu Famutimi made it in 2004. Prior to Modica’s selection, Arkansas had just one in a five-year period – Joe Johnson in 2000.

Townes, who earlier this week earned honorable mention freshman All-America honors from Rivals.com, is second on the team with averages of 10.2 points and 4.6 rebounds. In SEC play, his averages improved to 11.4 points and 5.1 rebounds.

The Alexandria, Va., native has two double-doubles this year with 14 points and 12 rebounds at No. 16 Alabama, and 18 points and 10 rebounds at Auburn. He’s scored in double figures 16 times, the most for an Arkansas post player since Derek Hood did so 26 times in 1999.



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