Brewer edged LSU sophomore forward Glen Davis by one vote with
Brewer is also a member of the preseason first team, along with Glen and Chuck Davis, and
The Razorbacks are picked third in the SEC’s Western Division behind
The preseason honor is the latest in a long line for Brewer, who earlier this fall was selected the league’s preseason player of the year by Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook, CBS
Brewer is the top returning scorer (16.2) and field goal percentage leader (.475) in the SEC this year. The 6-7 guard also led the team in rebounding (4.8), was eighth in the league in scoring, second in steals (2.53) and fifth in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.66) while also averaging 3.4 assists per game.
So far this year, he has been named to the preseason watch list for the Wooden Award, which goes to the top collegiate player in the nation; a third-team All-American by Athlon
Last year, Brewer scored 20 or more points eight times, had five or more rebounds 13 times, four or more assists 11 times, three or more steals 15 times, led the team in scoring 15 times, led the team in rebounding eight times and led the team in assists seven times.
Brewer has received the most attention, but he’s not the only Razorback earning preseason recognition.
Senior guard Jonathon Modica and sophomore forward Darian Townes were named to the preseason All-SEC second team selected by the league’s coaches.
Modica, who was also named to All-SEC teams selected by Athlon and Lindy’s, averaged 9.6 points and 2.8 rebounds as a junior. Last year, his field goal percentage improved from 46 percent as a sophomore to .520, which led the team, and his three-point percentage jumped from .325 to .429, which is the fourth-best among all SEC returnees.
Modica became the 28th Razorback to score 1,000 career points last year and he enters the season 24th on UA’s all-time list with 1,074 points.
Townes was second on the team in five categories last year – scoring (10.2), rebounding (4.6), shooting (.519), free throw percentage (.698) and blocked shots (1.6). His 17 double-figure scoring games are the fourth-most for a Razorback post player since 1995 and the most since Derek Hood reached double-digits 26 times in 1999.
An honorable mention freshman All-American and a member of the SEC’s All-Freshman squad, he led the team in scoring seven times, also second-best on the club. In SEC play, his averages improved to 11.4 points and 5.1 rebounds while his numbers over the final 12 games of the year were even better – 12.8 points and 5.5 rebounds.
Townes earlier earned preseason all-conference honors from CBS
The Razorbacks take the court for the first time Saturday for the Red-White Game at 4:05 p.m. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the door or through the UA Ticket Office. The first 10,000 fans receive schedule posters and players will be available to sign autographs at tables throughout the concourse from 1-3 p.m. Doors open at 1 p.m. Activities previously associated with Midnight Madness are also scheduled prior to the game and at halftime. Drop boxes will also be set up for anyone wanting to donate non-perishable food items to the Salvation Army and Cooperative Emergency Outreach Food Bank.
Season tickets are also available. They can be purchased online at www.hogwired.com, or by calling the UA Ticket Office at 800-982-4647 or 575-5151.
2006 SEC BASKETBALL MEDIA DAYS VOTING
Vanderbilt (1) 144
LSU (7) 173
Ole Miss 68
Glen Davis, LSU 32
Mario Moore, Vanderbilt 4
Player of the Year
Glen Davis, LSU 11
Mario Moore, Vanderbilt 1