Middlebury

All-NESCAC Men's Basketball Announced - Sharry Is Player Of The Year, Brown Is Coach Of The Year

February 29, 2012

Middlebury College men's basketball player Ryan Sharry (Braintree, Mass.) has been named the NESCAC Player of the Year. Joining him as a first-team All-NESCAC selection was sophomore guard Joey Kizel (Short Hills, N.Y.), while head coach Jeff Brown was named the league’s coach of the year. The group is preparing to lead the Panthers into their fifth straight NCAA Tournament appearance when they host a regional in Pepin Gym this weekend.

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After missing the first five games of the season with an injury, Sharry jumped right back into the mix and is now a finalist for the National Player of the Year. He currently leads the NESCAC in scoring (19.4) and blocked shots (2.0), while ranking second in rebounding (10.3) and field goal percentage (.627). His field goal percentage places him eighth nationally. Sharry has 15 double-doubles this season, giving him 38 in his four years as a Panther. He scored a career-high 41 points at Rensselaer on January 3rd, with a career-best 16 boards on February 4th vs. Colby.

Sharry is currently ranked fifth on Middlebury’s all-time scoring list with 1,368 points, second with 871 rebounds and second with 183 blocked shots. A year ago, Sharry earned first-team All-NESCAC, All-District and All-ECAC honors, while being named a second-team All-American.

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Kizel earns first-team honors after a stellar season in the backcourt for the Panthers. Kizel is second on the team in scoring (13.9), while ranking ninth in the NESCAC. He leads the league in three-point field goal percentage (.528) and free throw percentage (.906), while ranking second with a 2.30 assist/turnover ratio. Kizel is second on the squad and seventh in the league with 3.93 assists/game, while owning a .537 field goal percentage, sixth in the NESCAC.

He scored a career-high 26 points in a February 3rd win over Bowdoin, while twice dishing out 11 assists against Plattsburgh, most recently in a January 4, 2011 victory. He now owns 619 points, 184 rebounds and 210 assists in his career.

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Brown is now in his 15th year at the helm of the Panthers (230-153), having previously served as the Bates bench boss for three seasons. He has led the team to five straight NCAA Tournament appearances with a combined record of 120-21 in that time. The team has also won a pair of NESCAC Championships (’09 & ’11) under his tenure, with him previously earning NESCAC Coach of the Year honors in ’09 and ‘11.

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).