Dee Brown has been named to the Wooden Award All-America Team for the second straight season.
March 29, 2006
Champaign, Ill. - The All-America honors continue to roll in for Illini senior point guard Dee Brown. Brown was most recently named one of 10 players on the 2006 Wooden Award All-America Team. This marks the second consecutive season that Brown has made the Wooden All-America Team after finishing third in voting for the 2005 Wooden Award. Brown and Duke's J.J. Redick are the only repeat members on this year's Wooden All-America Team.
The Associated Press has also named Brown a second-team All-American. He received the sixth most votes overall, making him the top selection to the second team. This is the second consecutive year that Brown was chosen an AP second-team All-American.
Brown will be recognized as a 2006 consensus second-team All-American by the NCAA, having also earned second-team All-America honors by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) and National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC).
Brown led the Illini in five statistical categories during the 2005-06 season, leading the team in scoring (14.2 ppg), assists (5.8 apg), steals (1.6 spg), minutes (35.8 mpg) and free throw shooting (75.7 percent). He scored in double figures 24 times, with seven games of 20+ points, and led the Illini in scoring in 15 games. Brown scored a career-high 34 points vs. Michigan State in the Big Ten opener on Jan. 5, marking the highest scoring total by a UI player in eight years. Brown led the Big Ten in assists and totaled 191 assists on the season, which ranks fifth on the all-time Illinois single-season list.
Brown is the winningest player in school history and the second-winningest player in Big Ten history, having totaled 114 victories (along with teammate James Augustine) from 2003-06. His name is all over the Illinois record book, as Brown has played the most minutes (4,698), played the most games (137) and started the most games (136) of any player in school history. Brown ranks third on the Illini all-time scoring chart with 1,812 career points, is second in school history in career 3-pointers (299), career assists (674) and career steals (231), and third in career field goals (638). His career assists total ranks fifth in Big Ten history, while his career 3-pointers and career steals totals rank sixth in Big Ten history.