Rudin & Brown Honored By NABC

March 23, 2009

Middlebury College men's basketball player Ben Rudin (Scarsdale, N.Y.) and head coach Jeff Brown have been honored by the NABC (National Association of Basketball Coaches). Rudin was a first-team All-District selection, while Brown was named the district's coach of the year. Rudin was also a first-team All-Northeast Region selection from D3Hoops.com. The tandem led the Panthers to their most successful season in school history, winning the NESCAC Championship with a school-best record of 24-4. The Panthers also advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the second consecutive season.

Rudin, who was named the NESCAC Player of the Year, had an impressive senior campaign for the Panthers. The senior point guard averaged 11.7 points/game in early January, coming on strong to end the year averaging 17.0 points/contest. He scored 21.2 points/game in NESCAC games, including a scoring average of 25.8 over the final eight games of the season.

The former NESCAC rookie of the year became the 15th player in school history to surpass the 1,000 point mark earlier this season, ending his career sixth on the school's all-time list with 1,221 points. He also became the school's all-time leader in assists on January 24th, owning 460 career helpers with over 100 each season as a Panther. Rudin ended the year third in the NESCAC in scoring (17.0 ppg), while leading the league with 4.61 assists/game and ranking fifth with 1.46 thefts/game. Rudin's 477 points in '08-'09 were third most in a single-season in school history, while his 155 career steals place him second on the school's all-time list.

Brown earns district coach of the year honors after leading the team to another record-breaking season. Earlier in the month, he was a unanimous choice as the NESCAC Coach of the Year. Brown paced the Panthers to the NESCAC Tournament's top seed with an 8-1 mark in league play and its first league title.

He is now in his 12th year at the helm of the Panthers, having previously served as the Bates bench boss for three seasons. A year ago, he led the team to a 19-win season and its first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance. Brown is now 43-12 over the past two seasons.

A 1982 graduate of the University of Vermont, Brown scored more than 1,000 points and earned induction into the university's Athletic Hall of Fame during his Catamount basketball career. He is 10th on the all-time scoring list (1,336 points), second in steals (170), seventh in assists (428), eighth in field goals made (526), and ninth in free throws made (284). While playing at UVM, Brown averaged 12.7 points and 4.1 assists per game. He spent three years as the top assistant basketball coach at Manhattan College in New York, before returning to his alma mater as an assistant coach for nine years (1985-94).