NESCAC Men's Basketball Honors - Rudin is Player Of The Year, Edwards Is Defensive Player Of The Year, Brown Is Coach Of The Year

March 4, 2009

The NESCAC released its post-season awards today, with Middlebury claiming several of its top honors. Senior Ben Rudin (Scarsdale, N.Y.) was named the league's Player of the Year, junior Tim Edwards (Greenwich, Conn.) earned Defensive Player of the Year honors, while head coach Jeff Brown was named the NESCAC Coach of the Year. Rudin also earned a spot as a first-team All-NESCAC selection. The group is preparing for Middlebury's second straight NCAA Tournament appearance this weekend, as they host a second-round game on Saturday night at 7:00 p.m.

The team's offense this season has been sparked by Rudin, who has enjoyed an amazing second semester. The senior point guard averaged 11.7 points/game in early January, and now leads the team with 16.7 points/game, including 21.2 points/contest in NESCAC games (25.9 ppg over the last seven games).

The former NESCAC rookie of the year became the 15th player in school history to surpass the 1,000 point mark earlier this season, and now has 1,196 to place him seventh all-time at Middlebury. He also became the school's all-time leader in assists on January 24th, owning 453 career helpers with over 100 each season as a Panther. Rudin is fourth in the NESCAC in scoring (16.7 ppg), while leading the league with 4.52 assists/game and ranking fourth with 1.44 thefts/game.

Edwards has been stellar on the defensive end of the floor for the Panthers all season long. The junior has been successful in containing the opponent's top scorer night-in and night-out, as the Panthers boast the nation's best field goal percentage defense (.368). Edwards leads the NESCAC with 2.26 steals/game, to go along with his 4.22 assists/contest (4th in NESCAC). He has started all but one game this season, netting 6.7 points and 5.7 rebounds/night.

Brown earned was a unanimous choice as coach of the year, after leading the team to its first NESCAC Championship, including the tournament's top seed with an 8-1 mark in league play. 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 43-11 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).