Locke Is Defensive PoY, Brown Is CoY, Sharry Named To First-Team

March 2, 2011

Junior Ryan Sharry (Braintree, Mass.) earned first-team honors, while senior Andrew Locke (Seattle, Wash.) was named to the second-team when the NESCAC released its post-season honoree today. Locke also earned Defensive Player of the Year honors, while head coach Jeff Brown was named Coach of the Year for the second time in three seasons. The group has led the team to a 25-1 record as they prepare to make their fourth straight NCAA Tournament appearance on Saturday.

Locke becomes the third straight Panther to earn Defensive Player of the Year honors after Tim Edwards garnered the award for the past two seasons. The 6’10” center has been the anchor of the nation’s best defense for the past three seasons. He is currently third in Division III with 4.0 blocked shots/game, while altering many more. Locke is second on the team in scoring (10.3 ppg) and rebounding (7.6 rpg) this season, shooting .625 from the floor. He owns school records for blocked shots in a game (13), season (114) and career (349). Locke enjoyed a triple double earlier this season with 15 points, 10 rebounds and 10 blocks in a win at Colby-Sawyer, while owning five double-doubles.

Sharry has a dozen double-doubles on the year, leading the team with 13.8 points and 10.4 rebounds/game, while ranking second with 22 steals. He is shooting .527 from the floor this season, while ranking second only to Locke with 1.9 blocks/contest. Sharry owns 889 points, 600 boards and 126 blocks through 77 career games. After a pair of double-doubles at the NESCAC Championship weekend, Sharry was named the league’s player of the week.

Brown is now in his 14th year at the helm of the Panthers, having previously served as the Bates bench boss for three seasons. He has led the team to four straight NCAA Tournament appearances with a combined record of 93-17 in that time. The team has also won a pair of NESCAC Championships (’09 & ’11) under his tenure, with him earning NESCAC Coach of the Year honors in ’09.

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).