|# 10 Ronnie Brewer|
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Brewer has been named the preseason Southeastern Conference Player of the Year by Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook. The top returning scorer (16.2 ppg) and field goal percentage leader (.475) in the Southeastern Conference this year, he is also the only returning first-team all-conference honoree from 2005. Brewer, a member of the Wooden Award preseason watch list, has gained seven pounds since last year and will see action at every spot on the floor with the exception of post. Most of his time will be spent at point guard, shooting guard and on the wing. Brewer, who was also a finalist for the USA Basketball Under-21 national team this summer, enters the year just 173 points short of 1,000 for his career, and 38 steals and 59 assists short of the school’s all-time top 10 in those categories.
Brewer, who started 29 of 30 games, led the team in scoring and was eighth in the SEC with 16.2 points per game. He was also fifth in the league in field goal percentage (.475), second in steals (2.53) and fifth in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.66). Brewer’s steal average is the best for a Hog since T.J. Cleveland averaged 2.7 in 2000. In league play, he averaged 16.4 points (sixth in the league), 5.3 rebounds (15th), 3.3 assists and 2.3 steals (second). His 36 steals and 63 free throws made in the SEC are the fourth-best marks in school history.
He 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. He scored in double figures in 29 of 30 games. He had four or more rebounds 20 times, three or more assists 23 times, two or more steals 22 times and at least one blocked shot 11 times. For the year, he had a minimum stat line of 10 points, four rebounds, three assists and two steals in a game 12 times.
Brewer had eight 20-point games, another team high, and tied Darian Townes for the team lead with two double-doubles.
UA’s team MVP for the second straight season, he scored a career-high matching 23 points three times (Tennessee 2/26, Auburn 1/22, Hartford 12/23), had a career-high 13 rebounds against Jacksonville State (12/29), a season-high six assists three times (Tennessee 2/26, Tennessee State 12/16, Eastern Michigan 11/22), seven steals against Louisiana-Monroe (12/31), and two blocked shots against Hartford and EMU.
He scored a game-high 18 points, and had game-high matching totals of seven rebounds and four assists in the win over
Against No. 3 Illinois (12/4), he made nine-of-14 shots and had game highs of 21 points and four steals. In the win at
Against Hartford (12/23), he had 23 points in 23 minutes, was nine-of-12 shooting, and added five rebounds, four assists, four steals and two blocked shots. In the win over
In the win over Ole Miss (1/5), Brewer had 13 points, seven rebounds three assists and five steals. In the loss at
Against No. 6 Kentucky, he had a game-high 18 points, and added eight rebounds and three assists. At
Limited to 26 minutes due to foul trouble in the win over LSU (2/12), he was six-of-10 from the floor and five-of-five at the line for 19 points with three assists. He was scoreless through the first 13 minutes, but scored 16 points in the final seven minutes of the first half.
Brewer scored 20 points, and added four rebounds and five assists with no turnovers at Vanderbilt (2/19). In the win over
Brewer had 16 points, seven rebounds, two assists, two blocked shots and a steal at
The only player to start all 28 games, he averaged 12.2 points, and team highs of 5.5 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 2.0 steals for the year while shooting 48.1 percent from the floor (125-260), another team high, in earning second-team freshman All-America honors from Rivals.com and third-team freshman All-America honors from College Basketball News. He also made the SEC all-freshman squad. He led the team in scoring four times, in rebounding a team-high eight times and in assists a team-best 15 times. He scored in double figures 18 times.
Voted the team’s MVP, he was fourth in the SEC in steals, eighth in assists and 18th in rebounding. In SEC play only, he was second in steals (2.38), ninth in assists (3.19), 19th in rebounding (5.3) and seventh in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.27). Among the league’s freshmen, Brewer was second in scoring, rebounding and free throws made (74), first in assists, steals and field goals made (125), and sixth in blocked shots (0.71).
His six steals against
In his debut against
In the win over Oral Roberts (12/3), he made six-of-10 shots for 14 points, and had five assists and six rebounds. He made six-of-eight shots, and had 14 points and two assists in the win over
Against Ole Miss (1/17), he made 10-of-12 free throws, and had 16 points, six rebounds and two assists. In the win over No. 22 Vanderbilt (1/24), he scored a game-high 21 points on seven-of-nine shooting, and added four assists and three rebounds.
In the win over No. 25 South Carolina (2/21), he had 17 points on six-of-10 shooting, five rebounds, and game highs of five assists, four steals and three blocked shots. Against
He was ill at the SEC Tournament and had just two points and no rebounds, assists or steals against
In High School:
He earned Parade All-America honors after averaging 26.8 points, 7.5 rebounds and 4.0 assists as a senior in leading
Born March 20, 1985, in
Stan Heath on Ronnie Brewer:
“Ronnie has had an outstanding first two years. He’s gotten better and added close to 10 pounds of muscle (since last year). I expect him to possibly contend for player of the year honors in the conference. He’s very talented and can do a lot of different things. He stuffs the stat sheet in a lot of different areas. He’s a guy players like playing with. He’s very unselfish, he rebounds, defends and he scores. We expect him to be the leader of our team.”