HPU’s John Brown Named Big South Player Of The Week

John Brown of the High Point University men’s basketball team has been named the Big South Player of the Week for a second time this season, the conference announced on Monday. Brown averaged 27 points and seven rebounds in HPU’s two games last week.

The redshirt-sophomore matched his career-high with 28 points at VMI on Wednesday while also racking up nine rebounds, four assists, two blocks and two steals. He shot 12-for-19 from the floor.

Brown followed that performance by posting 26 points at home in a 78-67 win over UNC Asheville on Saturday. Brown went 11-for-16 from the floor against the Bulldogs, including a reverse alley-oop that was featured as ESPN SportsCenter’s No. 2 play. Brown also recorded five rebounds, three assists and two blocks in the win.

The forward has averaged 22.9 points per game and shot 56 percent from the floor in January. He has posted at least 21 points in six of seven games this month with his low scoring effort coming on Jan. 8 at Campbell when he recorded a double-double (15 points and 10 rebounds).

This is the second time this season that Brown has earned Big South Player of the Week honors after also winning the award on Nov. 25. Brown is leading the Big South averaging 22.5 points per game against conference opponents this season. He was named Big South Freshman of the Week five times last season.

High Point has won three of its last four games with the only loss coming in overtime at VMI last Wednesday. The Panthers now sport a 3-3 record in Big South play heading into Tuesday’s game against Presbyterian College in Clinton, S.C. HPU will return home on Saturday, Feb. 1, to host Winthrop at 7 p.m.