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April 16, 2024 5:06 pm

Brown named to D2CCA All-American Team

MOUNT OLIVE — University of Mount Olive senior guard Michael Brown was voted a Division II Conference Commissioner’s Association Third-Team All-American on March 20.

Brown received All-American status for the first time in his career following a breakout senior campaign. He is ninth across all three NCAA Divisions with 207 assists this season while ranking sixth in Division II with 718 total points scored. He led all of NCAA Division II with 38.2 minutes per game while also ranking among the top 15 in the country in field-goals (230) and free throws (178). He is the only player in UMO history to tally more than 1,500 points and 600 assists in a career.

He became the program’s first All-American selection since Dontrell Brite earned the accolade in 2016. The John Handley product was named D2CCA first-team all-region and All-Conference Carolinas first-team.

A native of Winchester, Va., Brown produced one of the best statistical season in Mount Olive history after shattering the single season school record in total points and assists. He dropped over 30 points in five games, including a 42-point performance on Feb. 16 versus Emmanuel. Brown led multiple categories in the Conference Carolinas, including assist-to-turnover ratio (2.35), assists per game (6.7), field goals made (230), and minutes per game (38.2).

Brown was one of five standouts from the Southeast Region to receive All-America status from the organization on Monday. North Georgia sophomore Frank Champion, the D2CCA Southeast Region Player of the Year, garnered first-team honors and Emmanuel junior K.J. Jones II, the Conference Carolinas Player of the Year, earned second-team laurels. Joining Brown on the third-team were Augusta senior Tyshaun Crawford and UVA-Wise sophomore Bradley Dean, the South Atlantic Conference Player of the Year, was an honorable mention.

Sports information directors from across the country selected the All-America teams. The teams are sponsored by D2CCA, which encourages and promotes Division II athletics and high standards of sportsmanship as important elements of higher education.

— From University of Mount Olive Athletics