Marshon Brooks Selected As A Finalist For John R. Wooden Award

Marshon Brooks Selected To The Final Ballot For John R. Wooden Award

Brooks one of four BIG EAST players to make final Ballot.

PROVIDENCE, R.I.- It was announced today that Providence College senior Marshon Brooks (Stone Mountain, Ga.) is one of 20 finalists for the John R. Wooden Award. Brooks is one of four players from the BIG EAST Conference to be on the list of finalists. The 35th Wooden Award ceremony will take place on April 8, 2011 at The Los Angeles Athletic Club.

Created in 1976, the John R. Wooden Award is the most prestigious individual honor in college basketball. It is bestowed upon the nation's best player at an institution of higher education who has proven to his or her university that he or she is making progress toward graduation and maintaining a minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA. Previous winners include such notables as Larry Bird ('79), Michael Jordan ('84), Tim Duncan ('97), Blake Griffin ('09) and Maya Moore of Connecticut ('09). Ohio State's Evan Turner and Connecticut's Tina Charles won the Award in 2010.

The honors have been accumulating this for Brooks over the past week. On March 10 he was named to the USBWA District I All-District Team. On March 9, he was named to the NABC Division I All-District 5 First Team. On March 7, he was named a Fourth Team All-American, a day after being named First Team All-BIG EAST. Brooks had one of the greatest offensive seasons in the history of the league. Brooks broke the BIG EAST single-game scoring mark when he recorded 52 points on 20-28 shooting against No. 9 Notre Dame on February 23. His 20 field goals against No. 9 Notre Dame set a BIG EAST record for the most field goals in a game. He also established the BIG EAST single-season scoring mark with 468 points in 18 league games. Brooks set these records while leading the league in scoring in overall action (24.6 ppg) and in league action (26.0 ppg). He averaged 26.0 ppg in 18 league games, which is the fifth highest single-season average in 32 years of BIG EAST play.

He is the first Providence College be on the Final Ballot for the John R. Wooden Award since Ryan Gomes in 2004.

He is the only player in the nation averaging at least 24.0 points per game and 7.0 rebounds per game. His 24.6 ppg average ranks second in the nation. Brooks became the ninth Friar all-time to earn All-BIG EAST First Team honors and the first since Herbert Hill earned the accolade in 2007. It also is the 10th time a PC player has received All-BIG EAST First Team.

Brooks, whose season came to end on March 8 as the team was defeated by Marquette in the BIG EAST Tournament, had a very productive season as he has scored 20 or more points in 26 of 32 games, including four games where he scored 30 or more points. For the season, he recorded 788 points, which ranks as the third highest single season total in Friar history. He also registered 276 field goals, which is the fourth highest single season total all-time at PC. He provided 32.5 percent of the team's offense becoming just the second Friar since 1967 to account for at least 30 percent of the team's scoring. That total is the fourth most ever in a single season at Providence.

For his career, Brooks scored 1,629 points. He ranks ninth all-time in scoring at Providence and averaged 14.4 ppg for his career.